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Friday, November 14, 2003

Is this an exit strategy or a no-exit strategy?
The White House said Friday that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq until Saddam Hussein is killed or captured. -- CNN

They don't address the converse--will the troops leave when Saddam is found, if he is? My brother and others have wondered whether US troops may have captured Saddam long ago, holding him to be officially captured or killed at some propitious moment, such as three days before the election next year. Have they finally lowered the bar for success from the fantasyland glorious democracy which does their bidding without question to something that's actually possible (or already accomplished)? If so, they'll of course claim that capturing/killing Saddam was the goal all along, not democracy or finding WMD's or retribution for non-existent links to 9/11, or even oil. (If they give up on controlling most of the country and just settle for a huge air base in the desert, how will they protect the pipelines?)

Does this suggest that they're planning on announcing the death or capture of Saddam soon, declaring victory and coming home? Or is this just a ploy to buy time for their neocon vision of controlling world oil prices while preparing for the next attacks on Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia?

Inquiring minds want to know.