FLYPAPER….Dan Drezner takes on the “flypaper theory” today. When President Bush said “Bring ’em on,” was it really part of a devious plan to attract hordes of terrorists to Iraq so they’d all be in one convenient place where we could smash them to bits?
Dan isn’t buying. Frankly, though, I think he’s too nice about it: this “theory” is so cockamamie that it belongs with the tin foil hat brigade. I have no love for neocon foreign policy, but even I don’t think they’re so cynical and amoral as to concoct a strategy deliberately designed to radically destabilize a country and get lots of U.S. troops killed ? a strategy, I might add, that even a cursory glance at birthrates tells you would never work anyway. They can grow ’em faster than we can kill ’em.
It’s time for everyone to grow up. The UN bombing in Baghdad doesn’t necessarily mean that Iraq is on the verge of a meltdown, but it sure isn’t good news either. The Bush administration better have a better plan for handling it than what they’ve shown so far.