"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

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lugar and the New Highway of Death

"It may even be that the United States military would be subjected to the reverse of the notorious “Highway of Death” of Desert Storm, albeit on a smaller scale."

According to the NY Times:

"After offering a bleak assessment of the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq, Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said today that he was urging lawmakers and President Bush to change course quickly to protect a further erosion of America’s standing in the world."
Forget about all the details no one seems to want to deal with, like what exactly leaving Iraq means, Frank Gaffney had an interesting essay this morning at NRO.

From Frank Gaffney, Jr. at NRO; "Dunkirk in the Desert"
"It has become fashionable for politicians of both parties — mostly Democrats, but a few Republicans, as well — to promise the rapid removal of U.S. forces from Iraq. In fact, a sort of bidding war has broken out with would-be presidential candidates outdoing each other to come up with ever-shorter timelines for the abandonment of our positions there."

Democratic presidential candidate and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson:I would withdraw all of our forces, without any residual troops, by the end of this calendar year.”

Democratic presidential candidate and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards: I would continue to draw combat troops out of Iraq over the course of about the next 10 months.”

Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, speaking on the recently defeated Iraq withdrawal bill:
I support the underlying bill [to cut off funding after March 2008]…This is consistent with what I’ve been saying for several years.”

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul:
I’d come home. I’d just get out of there.”
For the rest of the story....

Let's face it, no one is really going to continue to give this subject enough thought to do the right thing. Suggesting politicians get a clue to consider the result of acting on their rhetoric is like asking them to not take themselves too seriously.

We will one day soon leave Iraq and that day will be too soon. We will spend the next decades paying for that shortsighted decision with more battlegrounds around the planet. In perhaps what is the first time this nation took a pro-active stance or entered into battle early in a preemptive manner so as to address an issue head on; we will fall back and write off all those that have sacrificed to the point at which we do leave.

We will do this; the time is coming. We will have to go back too, but the circumstances and the battlefields will be that much more difficult to enter into. They will be in the deserts, in the cities of Europe and the U.S. and elsewhere. It will be an ugly inferno and I told you so will have no meaning or satisfaction.

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