Very little in life is truly inevitable. When briefing policy makers, I would try to point out that a lot of it wasn't even predictable (at least in any scientific sense). But surely what is happening in Iraq, the increasingly darkening clouds of sectarian division, can hardly be described as unexpected.No fucking shit. Someone who was paying attention could have predicted as much before the fucking war started. But no, it was the Bush Administration, populated with tools like Hayden, who thought that if we invaded Iraq, that we could transform a secular dictatorship into a secular democracy. Sort of like the way that Iran transformed itself from a secular dictatorship into a secular democracy.
Oh, wait. That never frakking happened!
Hayden also neglected to point out a couple of facts. The "out by the end of `11" was negotiated by President Bush. Second, the Iraqis were willing to let combat troops stay, but only if they were subject to Iraqi law. The Iraqi legal system is about as independent as the Russian legal system, the insistence of the Iraqi government that our combat troops be subject to their law was a dealbreaker for both sides. If President Obama had agreed to that, the very same chorus of putzim who are now criticizing the withdrawal would have been screaming blue bloody murder.
Why CNN agreed to publish Hayden's little screed, given that he is on Mitten's payroll, is another question entirely.