"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Monday, February 27, 2006

NR Editors on Iraq on National Review Online

NR Editors on Iraq on National Review Online: "civil war is in no one's interest except al Qaeda's. It hopes to ruin the American project in Iraq, by destroying the country around us, and perhaps take power - at least in some Iraqi rump state - in the ensuing chaos." This includes the interests of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

Before we jump to conclusions, it would be best to remember, "if Iraq ever descends into a real civil war, we won't have to debate whether it has happened. It will be clear for all to see."

"Victory in Iraq has never been inevitable or impossible. The outcome depends, as is always the case, on the choices made by the players, including ourselves. Even if our influence in Iraq is waning, our commitment — and the specific forms it takes — still matters very much. Defeatism will be self-fulfilling."


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