August 16, 2007
Iraq: Ahhh, the military is infiltrated by Shia...
I found this quite comical really: Andrew Sullivan takes cue from credulous Totten in noticing, aha, the Iraqi military is rather riddled with Shia militia members or sympathizers; although the bit about Mahdi Army being Iran's "major proxy in Iraq... in effect, the Iraqi branch of Hezbollah" is comical on the part of Totten.
Well in any case, watching the Americans blunder about with Iraq (and bloody hell, Iran) now is no doubt what it was like to watch Vietnam from afar, in the early 1970s. Already clearly lost, and already clearly a disaster... they try desperately to convince themselves something can be done. Responsibility and all that.
For me, it reminds me of a venture deal I worked on. It went bad as an investment, stunningly bad. Obvious dog. But the GP who had done the deal originally was too bought in, always thought a little more capital, a little more effort could rescue some value - okay not a good return, but prevent collapse.
No, throwing good money after bad into a hopeless deal is just plain idiocy, emotional aversion to finally sucking up the pain.
Actually, oddly when I finally pulled the plug on this (or forced the pulling of the plug), the entrepreneur was forced by not having the lifeline, to get real. Sure the firm went bankrupt, but the pain allowed a realistic reboot. Of course the reboot meant massive losses, bankruptcy, layoffs, and the like, and the rebooted firm is a mere shadow of former aspirations.... but no amount of capital was going to make the original vision or even a rescue version of the original vision work, and pitching in more just dragged out the non-biting the bullet.
The US decision makers all around saying they can't withdraw, there will be chaos, etc. are quite right, except... there is going to be chaos regardless
Posted by The Lounsbury at August 16, 2007 09:39 AM
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"Credulous Totten"? More like ridiculous.
Posted by: issandr at August 16, 2007 07:54 PM
Totten has lost his innocence.
No he hasn't, he's simply found new delusions. Silly little poof that he is.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at August 16, 2007 09:13 PM