Well, on a radio talkshow, I heard another explanation that says that Al Q is not as involved as we might think, and that the insurgency is really home grown. Or something like that.
And I'm thinking, a home grown insurgency sounds like an oxymoron. And if what we have is opposition from within Iraq, then what we really have is Iraqi citizens fighting for occupation. Damn, citizens fighting the US on their own soil -- that does sound like Vietnam.
From Editor & Publisher
, we find some trying to take the Bush view.
Then there was Joe Klein at Time magazine's Swampland blog calling "The Quiet American" a novel "whose hero is the young William Kristol...actually, no, the hero is an idealistic American intelligence officer named Alden Pyle, who causes great disasters in the name of a higher good. In other words, he's a premature neoconservative. I would hope that the President will re-read, or perhaps just read the book, as soon as possible because it is as good a description as there is about the futility of trying to forcibly impose western ways on an ancient culture."
Damn, talk about your Bushisms.