Pretty Much Sums It Up

The miserable failure that is the Bush administration’s Iraq policy can pretty much be summed up by this quote from an Iraqi in today’s Washington Post:

“When the fighting is over in Fallujah, I will sell everything I have, even my home,” said a resistance fighter who gave his name as Abu Taif Mashhadani. He wept as he recalled his 8-year-old daughter, who he said was killed by a U.S. sniper in Fallujah a week ago. “I will send my brothers north to kill the Kurds, and I will go to America and target the civilians. Only the civilians. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. And the one who started it will be the one to be blamed.”

One thing that I conclude about the siege of Fallujah, the terror inflicted on the population there, and the concomitant killing of several hundred civilians, is this: in its ham-handedness and short-sightedness the decision fits right into the Bush administration’s general handling of the situation in Iraq, from start to finish.