Mike the Mad Biologist

So Here’s a Plan for Iraq

So finally, a war supporter, albeit a former one, proposes something kind of like an exit strategy. George Packer argues that we should stay long enough to get exit visas those Iraqis who helped the U.S.:

Those Iraqis who have had anything to do with the occupation and its promises of democracy will be among the first to be killed: the translators, the government officials, the embassy employees, the journalists, the organizers of women’s and human rights groups….

If the United States leaves Iraq, our last shred of honor and decency will require us to save as many of these Iraqis as possible. In June, a U.S. Embassy cable about the lives of the Iraqi staff was leaked to The Washington Post. Among many disturbing examples of intimidation and fear was this sentence: “In March, a few staff approached us to ask what provisions would we make for them if we evacuate.” The cable gave no answer. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad does not issue visas….

We should start issuing visas in Baghdad, as well as in the regional embassies in Mosul, Kirkuk, Hilla, and Basra. We should issue them liberally, which means that we should vastly increase our quota for Iraqi refugees. (Last year, it was fewer than 200.) We should prepare contingency plans for massive airlifts and ground escorts. We should be ready for desperate and angry crowds at the gates of the Green Zone and U.S. bases. We should not allow wishful thinking to put off these decisions until it’s too late. We should not compound our betrayals of Iraqis who put their hopes in our hands.

It sounds like the right thing to do. Unfortunately, it would require an administration that had the wherewithal and competence to conceive and carry out such a plan. Got FEMA? It would also require that the Bush administration would actually care about the welfare of others, rather than be composed of sociopaths and crazed ideologues. Packer is right, but I hope this just doesn’t become another Pretty Pony plan that leads to even more delay.

Comments

  1. #1 natural cynic
    November 29, 2006

    Any contingency plan for the evacuation of those that have helped the US cause [I hate to use the term collaborators, but they are seen by many Iraqis as such] would be seen by the administration as an admission of withdrawal and defeat. Fat chance that will happen.

  2. #2 stogoe
    November 30, 2006

    Withdrawing would emasculate our MANLY MAN President Flight Suit/Codpiece Accomplished and thoroughly humiliate the penises of all the chickenhawks whose penises were too wealthy for soldiering.

    So no. It won’t happen. Because the right thing to do is also the option with the most humiliation.

  3. #3 Hyperion
    December 1, 2006

    Hmmmm, we could always have a convoy of helicopters airlift them off the roof of the US embassy as part of a hastily arranged evacuation forced by the collapse of the green zone…

    Am I the only one starting to have flashbacks here?

  4. #4 Houston Escorts
    March 17, 2011

    We should not allow wishful thinking to put off these decisions until it’s too late. We should not compound our betrayals of Iraqis who put their hopes in our hands.