Readers of this blog know that it is reasonably (or perhaps unreasonably) focused on issues concerning the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. There are occasional side trips into small areas of personal concern. The one major exception is the continued effort here in Lewes to witness to the human cost of war, which effort takes the form of a Silent Vigil on Sundays.
I am not given to political postings as a rule but that rule is broken today.
There is a report in the Guardian that a secret US plan for military future in Iraq as been drawn up, one which unless challenged might slip by without congressional approval. You may read the article HERE. Assuming it is a true report it is devastating.
Credit goes to The Mad Priest for bringing this to the attention of Preludium.
What the hell is going on? In the waning days of George W. Bush's presidency the promises are being made to commit the government of the United States of America to open ended engagement in Iraq.
The Guardian writes, "The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and "sensitive", is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" without time limit."
If this government intends that we be able to "detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" in a sovereign nation, we have become world cops. World cops are the domestic forces of a world empire. Rather than soldiers fighting foreign forces, the military in this instance becomes the police of client states.
This mess will get worse and worse and we will be damned for it.