All the Democrats have to do is sit back and watch as Senators destroy American policy for the next twenty years. This morning, Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and John Warner (R-VA) had offered two of five competing resolutions on how to stop the president from sending additional troops to Iraq.
Late this afternoon, Specter and Warner, stepping out of a Las Vagas Wedding Parlour, announced they had wed their two resolutions. Of course they support our troops. Of course they support the president. They just think the troops and the president don't a have a clue what to do.
Not to be outdone, President-I-Hope-To-Be-Elected Barak Obama (D-IL) last night actually set a firm date by which he wants U.S. forces out of Iraq. According to a source with no credibility whatsoever, Obama threw darts at a bulletin board and came up with March 31, 2008.
What's so frustrating is that Bush has put people, who are alleged to have brains instead of straw in their heads, in an intolerable position. Lying about starting the war, castrating our efforts in Afghanistan, not sending in enough troops in the beginning, having no concept or plan to win the peace, being led around by the diplomatic nose by Iran, totally failing to understand the lengths to which some Shiites and Sunnis will act against their own best interests — if that's not enough for Impeachment and Conviction, it should be.
But what liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and Lithuanians seem to continually forget is the effect an American pullout would have on our reputation around the world. And, as someone used to say, make no mistake about it, we ain't gonna win this war in 2008, which means we're going to have the moral equivalent of helicopters rescuing the last Americans from Hanoi, totally destroying any Nixon/Kissinger myth that we'd achieved peace with honor.
Osama bin Laden was encouraging the U.S. to invade Iraq before the invasion. Wouldn't you think an intelligent person would ask why? Like taking pressure off the Afghanistan/Pakistan border? Trapping the Americans in a tribal quagmire created by Europe after World War I and never resolved? Creating a single focal point for the recruitment and training of more lunatic Arabs who'd give up this life for 17 virgins?
He actually predicted exactly what has happened.
Vietnam was different in one critical way. It was an evil, stupid, useless war that had no geopolitical value. Someone–Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, should have just said, enough's enough. We apologize for trying to recreate the French myth of Indochina. Here's a couple of billion for reparations. We're going home.
Thanks to the unbelievable stupidity of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld, we have put American credibility on the line in Iraq in ways that will come back to haunt us. Which of these young Arab loonies (which means there are Arabs who aren't loonies just in case someone missed the grammar there) is ever going to be afraid of the U.S. again. We alienated our long-time allies through our belligerance and arrogance. We convinced most of the world what our enemies have been saying for decades: America is a power-hungry, decadent culture that seeks to dominate the world.
Sending Karen what's her name on her globe trotting tours? Isn't anyone else so insulted by this most magnificent of bonehead moves that they're furious.
I'm sorry. We cannot leave Iraq. I was against the war from the beginning, but we're in a position where our very future could be compromised by blowing this. We need to send in more troops, flood the country, train the Iraqis (with modern equipment, not donkey carts), set measurable goals for the Iraqi government, and define win in a way that others will understand it:
- When America takes the field, we don't leave until we've won the battle.
- When we leave, we've established the grounds for the country to begin a rebirth.
- We have no desire to rule the world.
- We never threaten. We act.
Bush hasn't gotten one of those right. Whatever one's political point of view, the damage caused to this country is too great to find some slick political maneuvering to get us out. The Morons of Congress have to stop putting their political future in the way of one of the most important foreign policy issues in our history. And Americans have to stop wearing blinders about the rest of the world, and understand what we can — and cannot — do.