About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.
Six in ten. So an IED goes off in a Baghdad neighborhood and ten Iraqis look out of their windows to see what’s going on. They see American soldiers or marines lying dead or dismembered on the ground. And six of those ten say, “Good, serves ’em right.”
I supported this war. And I supported it specifically on the theory that we were going to turn Iraq into a Democracy.
I’ve also stated that it never occurred to me that we were going to let Iraqis handle the transition to Democracy. I assumed we were doing Japan 1945. I assumed we were going to type up a constitution, hand it to whoever we hadn’t killed during the initial attack and say, “Here, do this. If you don’t, we’ll shoot you.” Boot-on-neck democratization.
(read the rest at Sideways Mencken.)