See also the Kim Priestap blog entry on Wizbang Classic
The 80 percent alternative involves accepting rule by Shiites and Kurds, allowing them to violently suppress Sunni resistance and making sure that Shiites friendly to the United States emerge victorious.
No one has publicly advocated this Plan B, and I know of only one Member of Congress who backs it - and he wants to stay anonymous. But he argues persuasively that it's the best alternative available if Bush's surge fails. Winning will be dirty because it will allow the Shiite-dominated Iraqi military and some Shiite militias to decimate the Sunni insurgency. There likely will be ethnic cleansing, atrocities against civilians and massive refugee flows.
On the other hand, as Bush's critics point out, bloody civil war is the reality in Iraq right now. U.S. troops are standing in the middle of it and so far cannot stop either Shiites from killing Sunnis or Sunnis from killing Shiites.
Winning dirty would involve taking sides in the civil war - backing the Shiite-dominated elected government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and ensuring that he and his allies prevail over both the Sunni insurgency and his Shiite adversary Muqtada al-Sadr, who's now Iran's candidate to rule Iraq.
Shiites make up 60 percent of the Iraqi population, so Shiite domination of the government is inevitable and a democratic outcome.
(All emphasis mine)
What a remarkable evolution this war has taken. We arrived with dreams of democracy and high moral principles with dreams of being greeted with flowers and cheers from the grateful throngs..
Now it seems that we are perfectly willing to allow 20% of the population of Iraq to be wiped off the face of the earth so long as the 80% responsible are "friendly to the United States." By that, I guess he means that we can take their oil and put up our military bases.
Could you have ever believe that the most loved and respected nation on earth could fall so far, so fast? And is George Bush still so blind that he believes the Shia would actually support us once they gained power? Or would they just open the borders to Iran and form the world's first radical Islamic superpower?
They've been wrong on everything from the start -- why should this be any different.
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