"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

Friday, March 17, 2006

TIME.com: Forum: Was The War Worth It? -- Page 1

TIME.com: Forum: Was The War Worth It? -- Page 1: "As the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War approaches, TIME asked leading thinkers around the world to weigh in on the question at the heart of the ongoing debate about the controversial conflict."

"Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.); former chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell: No. I'm principally a strategist and from that perspective the war has been a disaster. First, the foremost winner has been Iran: it rid itself ...."

Colin Powell while Secretary of State had many such individuals on this staff, which in turn did little with regard to supporting the foreign policy directives of the present administration. More effort was put into thwarting or stalling any initiative on its behalf.

It is not a surprise that Colonel Wilkerson would have this point of view considering peoples difficulty with meeting the challenge in any way other than a status quo.

Tommy Franks comments are far from inspiring and more appropriate to speaking to soldiers in the field as a commanding general.

Do you suppose further quotes as promised from Time will be lopsided? What is a "leading thinker?" No offense, but is Tommy Franks really a "leading thinker?"

This should be interesting.


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