January 11, 2005

Planning Is For Pussies!

I wondered how long it would take for the issue of withdrawl from Iraq emerged. Well, Brent Scowcroft, the out-going (pushed) chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and advisor to Bush Senior, had this to say:

"He predicted that the elections "have the great potential for deepening the conflict" by exacerbating the divisions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. He worried that there would be "an incipient civil war," and said the best chance for the U.S. to avoid anarchy was to turn over the operation to the less inflammatory U.N. or NATO.

Mr. Scowcroft appeared at the New America Foundation with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, who declared the Iraq war a moral, political and military failure. If we can't send 500,000 troops, spend $500 billion and agree to resume the draft, then the conflict should be "terminated," he said, adding that far from the Jeffersonian democracy Mr. Bush extols, the most we can hope for is a Shiite-controlled theocracy."

(from the nytimes.com website)

It gives one furiously for to think, does it not?

Also, I learnt today about one of the risks of working in a treasury:

"Two carpenters lifted the coin into a shiny rubber-wheeled steel cart and began trundling it along the dented vault floor. (The dents are from gold bars that were inadvertently dropped by vault wranglers in the decades since the building was completed in 1924. These days, handlers wear steel-toed shoes plus $500 magnesium shoe covers to protect feet from accidentally plummeting 27-pound ingots.) "

"Vault Wranglers". It puts me in mind of a Farside cartoon.

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