Idealism meets Reality in Washington and Iraq

Idealist always fight a losing battle. No matter how noble Bush felt his cause to be - the realities of what he took on were never going to be proportioned in his favor.

From the Washington Post:

US scales down goals in Iraq
Washington Post, Aug 14, 2005 13:29

Washington - The administration of President George W Bush is
significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq,
recognising that the United States will have to settle for far less
progress than originally envisioned, The Washington Post reported
Sunday.

Citing unnamed officials in Washington and Baghdad, the newspaper
said Washington no longer expected to see a model new democracy, a
self-supporting oil industry or a society, in which the majority of
people are free from serious security or economic challenges.

"What we expected to achieve was never realistic given the timetable
or what unfolded on the ground," the report quotes one senior official
as saying. "We are in a process of absorbing the factors of the
situation we're in and shedding the unreality that dominated at the
beginning."

The debate over a new Iraqi constitution has particularly driven home
the gap between the original US goals and the realities almost 28
months after the US-led invasion of the country, The Post said.

The United State initially planned to build Iraq as a secular and
modern country that honours human rights and unites disparate ethnic
and religious communities.

But the paper said the document on which Iraq's future will be built
will require laws to be compliant with Islam.

Kurds and Shiites are expecting de facto long-term political
privileges. And women's rights will not be as firmly entrenched as
Washington has tried to insist, the report said.

"We set out to establish a democracy, but we're slowly realising we
will have some form of Islamic republic," The Post quotes another US
official as saying.

According to the paper, US officials now acknowledge that theymisread the strength of the sentiment among Kurds and Shiites to
create a special status for their communities

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