I still read comments by people who theorize that the US actually hires people to detonate car bombs in Baghdad markets and universities. It amazes me. Probably these conspiracy theorists do not understand the political climate in Washington these days, and I doubt they understand how illogical their theories seem. It does not make sense for the Bush administration to actually want to cause sectarian attacks and car bombs. The Republicans lost control of Congress because of the violence in Iraq. And what political or military advantage would car bombs in markets and universities give the US?
''Public support for the war has fallen to its lowest levels. Republicans have lost control of Congress because of voters' angst over the conflict. Even the president has acknowledged the tactical approach to the war must change.
The debate on whether to launch a pre-emptive attack against a nation has given way to this question: How soon should U.S. troops leave?
"The war that we the Congress authorized the president to engage in is different than the one we're in today," acknowledged GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young (news, bio, voting record) of Florida, an ardent Bush supporter whose seat Democrats are targeting in the 2008 elections.
With sectarian attacks on the rise in Iraq, "I think we have to have a very serious appraisal of how you conduct yourself in that type of situation," Young said.'
I believe that the insurgents who wage massive attacks on civilians know that they hurt Bush politically every time a car bomb kills dozens of Iraqis, and perhaps that is the primary reason they mass murder Iraqi civilians. They know exactly what the political effect will be in Washington. It does not help Iraqis when Arab 'intellectuals' claim that the large majority of acts of violence were perpetrated against civilians. But most are aimed at "American troops and the Iraqi puppet forces." (thanks Molly)