Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Right and Wrong Of It

Democracy Doesn't Come First

Historians in the future will undoubtedly find many and varied lessons from the war in Iraq. But we in the present do not have the luxury of waiting for all the evidence to be in before we start to understand what has gone wrong and what has gone right in Iraq.

What has gone right is that the Iraq war is already over. Our troops won it. But our politicians may once more lose the peace — and with disastrous consequences for us and for the world. Peace has not been achieved in Iraq, though pacification continues — always at a cost in American lives — and shows signs of progress, much to the dismay of those who have bet their political future on an American defeat.

Defeatists have not yet had the courage to directly ensure defeat by cutting off the money to continue military operations in Iraq. That would be taking responsibility for the defeat. What would serve their political purpose better would be to legislate preconditions for the spending of military appropriations that would make defeat inevitable, but let it be seen as Bush’s defeat, not theirs.



Anonymous day said...

It sure seems as if the Islamics don't want democracy. They seem so ill-prepared to deal with it.

I know it is foreign to their culture, in part, but common sense and healthy self-interest ought to clue them in... and it does not.

Perhaps the key words there are 'healthy self-interest'. Anything else is just barbaric selfishness.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone can read the NIE and say that Bush got it right in Iraq, well there is a bridge in Brooklyn I would love to show you.

11:01 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Les Ismore (anon.) your saying that doesn't make it true; war isn't a simple something someone gets 'right'. Did Clinton get Bosnia 'right'? We're STILL there!

11:06 AM  

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