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President Bush, Republicans, Democrats, neo-cons, paleo-cons, netroots and peaceniks all agree that Iraqis must stop killing each other, train more troops and bring order to their government. Mr. Bush is losing his patience, and most of the rest are demanding that American forces come home.
However, the Iraqi ambassador says all this hectoring must stop because his country cannot do more than it is capable of doing.
“The Iraqi government is doing its utmost to confront the difficulties. It is doing all it can. There is no use trying to force a pace of change beyond what reality can allow you to do,” Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaidaie told the Defense Forum Foundation.
Our correspondent Sharon Behn, who covered his speech last week, reported that the ambassador also acknowledged that terrorists have infiltrated Iraqi security forces, but he insisted that a coalition victory is still possible.
“We know that some of our security forces are infiltrated, so you can say that terrorists are using instruments of state,” Mr. Sumaidaie said.
However, the coalition must stop the terrorists from taking over Iraq and using the country as a base for global operations.
“To win is to deny the terrorists a state of their own and to allow the new state being built on democratic principles to have the requirements for survival,” he said.
Mr. Sumaidaie said coalition forces must respond to different tactics adopted by the enemy.
“We have to fight smart,” he said. “We have to be just as determined [as the terrorists], if not more, just as adaptive, if not more. So we must be ready to change our tactics, change our approach, but never to give up the fights.”
The former British ambassador to the United States employed a scatological Old English expletive to describe Prime Minister Tony Blair’s motive for joining President Bush in invading Afghanistan to rout al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban protectors after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“Blair’s real concern was that there would be … a knee-jerk reaction by the Americans, [and] they would go thundering off and nuke the [expletive] out of the place without thinking straight,” the ambassador told London’s Daily Mirror newspaper yesterday.
The newspaper was reporting on comments released to promote a British television documentary due to be broadcast on Saturday.
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