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The New York Times has a critical piece, by Jessical Stern, on the Bush Administration's actions in Iraq:
How America Created a Terrorist Haven
Of course, we should be glad that the Iraq war was swifter than even its proponents had expected, and that a vicious tyrant was removed from power. But the aftermath has been another story. America has created — not through malevolence but through negligence — precisely the situation the Bush administration has described as a breeding ground for terrorists: a state unable to control its borders or provide for its citizens' rudimentary needs.
I believe Paul Bremmer and many of those inside Iraq are doing all they can to make the situation better and come up with a workable plan. However, the Bush Administration seems to be sitting back without any plans to send more troops or get help from the UN.
Obviously the perception in Iraq is important too; The NY Times piece goes on:
According to a survey this month by the Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies, nearly half of the Iraqis polled attribute the violence to provocation by American forces or resistance to the occupation (even more worrisome, the Arabic word for "resistance" used in the poll implies a certain amount of sympathy for the perpetrators).
We cannot really do anything about public sentiment with regards to what has already happened. But if we are serious we have to find a way to turn the perception in out favor. The biggest problem is that the longer it takes to get Iraq up and running the more time it will take the terrorists to build their own network of support.
Meanwhile Rumsfeld will not send more troops to stabilize the country.
I didn't support our military strike against Iraq but now that we are there and have overthrown the government it behooves us to get the job done with the support from a good number of other countries.
What's more Rumsfeld compares the attacks to those of Nazi's after World War II. In other words he is taking an 'ignore it; it will go away' attitude. But the situation between Post War Germany in the 1940's and Iraq today is far, far different. (Check out this site).
Not to mention that international terrorists groups like Al-Quada were not around to use Germany as a breeding ground. Plus Germany had a governmental infrastructure that was in place much quicker.