event horizon: the boundary of a black hole beyond which nothing can escape from within it
— Merriam-Webster Online
After five years and change of turned corners and dead enders and last throes, is it possible that we’re approaching an event horizon in our Middle East miasma? Stuff seems to happen faster than anyone can deny it occurred these days, and from the sound of things, it won’t be too long before we’re committed to getting out of Iraq in smart fashion or sucked into staying there until kingdom come.
The New American Decade
It hardly seems possible, but it was over ten years ago—January 26, 1998 to be exact—that Bill Kristol’s Project for the New American Century (PNAC) wrote their infamous letter to President Bill Clinton demanding that he invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein. Clinton blew them off. Whether that was an act of wisdom on his part or he was simply occupied with more pressing matters we’ll never know.
The PNAC was undeterred, however, and in September 2000 it published the neoconservative manifesto Rebuilding America’s Defenses, which called for America to secure global peace through military occupation of the entire planet. The PNAC was notably interested in using the “unresolved conflict with Iraq” as a fuzzy pretext to increase our military footprint heart of the Middle East. The PNACers knew, though, that it would be difficult to get America go to along with their yahooliganism “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event.” On September 11, 2001, they got the “new Pearl Harbor” they were looking for.
Go read the rest. It’s painful but you’ll laugh through the tears.