Jim Hoagland’s Washington Post column is “Phantom legions for Iraq,” and it is excellent. Hoagland discusses the “poison pill” the Saudis want to plant inside the Muslim security force it has proposed for Iraq. Hoagland takes the Saudi proposal as an example of the highly problematic promise of foreign assistance for America’s mission in Iraq. Here’s a fine paragraph:
The Saudi offer to assemble 20,000 to 30,000 Muslim soldiers to help secure Iraq has greater political meaning than military or diplomatic significance. It risks becoming another example of why the words “Saudi initiative” may soon join military music, airline food and casual sex on the all-time hit parade of oxymorons.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman may be the world champion promoter of “Saudi initiatives.” He could found a chapter of “Morons for Oxymorons,” or at least head up the “Saudi initiative” subcaucus of the chapter. (Courtesy of RealClearPolitics.)