December 18, 2007

YOU REALLY HAVE TO FEEL SORRY FOR THE LIFERS...:

Hope blooms in Iraq thanks to the surge (Tim Hames, December 19, 2007, The Australian)

First, the country will have time to establish itself. A year ago it seemed as if US forces would have to be withdrawn in ignominious fashion well before the end of the Bush administration or, at best, days after the next president took over. This will not happen. The self-evident success of the surge has obliged the Democrats to start talking about almost anything else and the calls to cut and run have abated. If the US Army remains in Iraq in strength, continuing on its present path, then deals on a constitution and the division of oil revenues between provinces will be realised.

Second, the aspiration that Iraq could be some sort of beacon in the region is no longer ridiculous. It will never be Sweden with beards, but there has been the development of a vibrant capitalist class and a media of a diversity that is unique in the region. Were Iraq to emerge with a federal political structure, regular local and national elections and an economic dynamism in which the many, not the few, could share, then it would be a model.

Finally, Iraq in 2007 has illustrated that the words "intelligent American policy" are not an oxymoron. The tragedy is that the approach of General David Petraeus could and should have been adopted four years ago in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's enforced departure.


...the guys like Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd, etc., who've been in Congress long enough to oppose Reagan's liberation of Eastern Europe and Latin America and W's liberation of the Middle East.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2007 11:12 AM
Comments

Don't forget that Senator Whale actively opposed Ford's attempt to help the South Vietnamese to avoid Communism in 1975, too. When exactly was that New England embarassment ever on the US side of a foreign policy dispute, anyhow?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 18, 2007 11:45 AM

Cuban Missile Crisis?

Posted by: Bob at December 18, 2007 3:17 PM
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