Irreversible instability

Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 9:51 | Posted in Iraq, USA, war | Leave a comment
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It is not much of a surprise that Iraq is in a chaos and the Iraqi government is incapable of governing the country. Neither is it a surprise that this is not likely to change. But I am somewhat surprised to learn that CIA Director Michael V. Hayden says so, albeit behind closed doors, addressing members of a by-partisan Iraq study group in the White House. Incidentally, he said so just after his boss, President George W. Bush had said the contrary, praising the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and saying that “a constitutional order is emerging”.

The Washington Post quotes Hayden as saying:

“the inability of the government to govern seems irreversible,” adding that he could not “point to any milestone or checkpoint where we can turn this thing around,”


“The government is unable to govern,” Hayden concluded. “We have spent a lot of energy and treasure creating a government that is balanced, and it cannot function.”

Much of the World knows this, of course. Saddam was one of the worse tyrants in the human history but there was one thing you could take for granted during his regime: it was stable. His cruel and evil rule was the only thing keeping the country in one piece, though. It could not have been governed without that tyranny, to be honest, as little as it can be governed now.

It is positive per se that Michael V. Hayden acknowledged this irreversible instability, be it in a closed briefing. However, he did not deliver an answer to the obvious question: what should be done with a country which can not be governed as one country?


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