U-Reeka! I Got It!
By: Mark W Adams

I got a great idea. I know what we need to do to fix Iraq.

Okay, follow me. Are you ready for this? Maybe you better sit down...Oh, you are sitting. Okay, Okay.

This is really just an outline, not a full blown plan or anything, just a hazy notion, but...

Why don't we go back to Plan A and annoint Don Rumsfeld's pet Iraqi, Ahmed Chalabi, as the de facto strongman of Iraq.
Slate.com: The WSJ [behind the paywall] fronts a look at the "latest remarkable political reincarnation" of former U.S. darling Ahmad Chalabi. He was appointed to a new post to help maintain support for the security crackdown. Chalabi will be helping residents get reimbursement for any damage caused by the crackdown. The position is limited, and the paper makes clear that "it is to early to tell how much power" he'll have but Chalabi is, of course, already talking about getting involved in other areas.
Waddaya think! Am I on to something? It jibes perfectly with the neo-con motto: If at first you screw things up, wait long enough and things will get so bad nobody will notice you're trying the same things over and over and over.

But where, you might ask, will Santa Chalabi get all the cash he'll need to buy off Baghdad citizens? No, Virginia, he's not going to raid his oil ministry. That inconsequential portfolio he gets to dole out only to friendly megacorporations -- and they have better accountants than those working in the Green Zone.

Where can we steal more money to toss into the abyss in Messopotania? Good question! Glad to see you've been paying attention and already know that the Iraqi government doesn't have any revenue stream -- and there's just no way they're going to try and send another couple of plane loads of 363 tons of cash over there.

Okay, maybe I'm being optimistic there. Who am I kidding? They probably still have regular shipments with direct flights from the US Mint straight to Baghdad.

But like any good crime syndicate, they have a backup plan to launder their money. Who else would come to the rescue but one of the original war salesmen, Paul Wolfowitz? You just knew you didn't hear the last of him, and there was something more than suspicious when Mr. "Iraqi Oil Will Pay for This" was put in charge of the World Bank.
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz may appoint a new resident director for Iraq soon, a move that sources inside the Bank say could contradict the institution's policies on engagement in conflict-stricken areas and put his role in the 2003 U.S. invasion back into the limelight.

The move by Wolfowitz, the former number two official at the Pentagon and a main architect of the U.S.-led war, likely means the Bank would release new loans to the occupied Arab nation, despite the deteriorating security situation and recent disclosures of massive corruption in reconstruction efforts.

"This is exactly what he shouldn't be doing and what the [World Bank] board was initially afraid that he would do, which is to use the financial resources of the World Bank to take some of the heat off the U.S. Treasury and U.S. policy," Bea Edwards of the Washington-based watchdog group Government Accountability Project told IPS. [link]
Sounds like a plan, no? Remember, they don't seem incompetent and Iraq hasn't become Hell on Earth because they have no plan. That IS the plan. Wolfi only changed his tune and said the war would be "bloody ... very long and ... very expensive" a month after the World Bank and UN pulled out the the country.

Chaos is a feature, not a bug.

(President Pelosi -- nice ring.)

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arubyan said...

It's only a matter of time before Chalabi (and Wolfowitz) gets his Presidential Medal of Freedom.

ohdave said...

Interesting, Mark, that you mention this, because today at my site I summarized the piece by Mark Danner in the New York Review. Danner talks about how, ironically, it was Bush who said no to Chalabi, and that Rummy essentially did not have a back up plan. Danner describes the initial decision making around the occupation and how those initial decisions have been a disaster, like disbanding the Iraqi army, a decision for which no one will take credit, but Danner strongly hints that it had to be Rumsfeld. The decision making was so secret and the normal policy process avoided so it's hard to know exactly who it was. There is a link to the article at my place and it's worth looking at.

Mark W Adams said...

I was under the (possibly mistaken) that Bremer made that call, with the approval of Rummy/Cheney -- cutting the technocrats at State out of the equasion.

Mark W Adams said...

Yep, Dave's Piece reminded me of the stupidity of Jay Garner, who was the guy in charge when Chalabi marched into Basera like he was MacArthur returning to the Philippines