Withdrawal Syndrome?

Richard says...

The war of words between Congress and the White House continue as the war in Iraq begins it’s fourth year. As this “necessary war” drags on, two questions must be asked; “Is it really necessary to continue this escalation?” and “Has the conflict in Iraq become a battle to save face rather than a war against terror?”
This administration, who’s policies have always been dictated by political polling rather than prudent judgment, surely is aware of the consequences it faces by leaving as it’s legacy an unpopular and unfinished war. With the increasing un-likeliness that there will be any signs of clear accomplishment to point to as he takes that one way trip to Crawford, Texas less than 2 years from now, George W. Bush has only one choice to make; justify and defend this war at all costs.
We have seen this pattern before. Thousands of innocent lives lost, thousands of families torn apart, all because one man can’t garner up the courage to face the truth.
Talks will soon begin behind closed doors to try and determine a compromise between the Democratic leadership in the Congress and Karl Rove’s top client when it comes to troop withdrawal. As these people gather to discuss policy over chilled wine and in the peace and comfort of the Oval Office, bombs will detonate, hatred will intensify, civil war will escalate and people will continue to die.
George Bush has a specific date of withdrawal. January 20, 2009. His war needs a deadline, because too many victims of his ego-driven policy have already been declared dead.

Archie says...

The question is: deadline or no deadline?

Let’s get a couple of things on the table.
A. It does not matter anymore whether or not this war is or was “justified”. It’s kind of like two guys fussing over how they came to be waist deep in quick sand and not trying to figure a way out.
B. We (The United States) are in a damn mess.

A deadline is not the best idea. Let’s face the facts that if we withdraw all our troops without handing control into capable security forces, Iraq will irrupt into full scale civil war. The solution lies with breaking apart Iraq into separate countries. Those countries will then find neighboring allies that will help them annihilate each other. Presto! The Middle East is back to normal.

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One response to “Withdrawal Syndrome?

  1. I found myself doubting the invasion would happen 5 years ago when this administration was presenting its case to such world bodies as the UN and to the American people. But it came. It was brief. We declared “mission accomplished”, congratulated ourselves and life went on.

    That was 3,300 American and 50 to 70 thousand Iraqi lives ago. Now it is a mess. Reconstruction is not happening. Oil revenues to pay for this misadventure have not materialized. Ethnic, religious and interventionist sponsored violence prevail. Even the Iraqi Parliament building is not a safe haven for those trying to restore order.

    Richard and Archie are correct. This is a mess. A tragic one with as yet unknowable consequences. We can castigate the Bush Administration for not listening to some of the military leadership that urged a much larger initial force. We can ask, where are the weapons used by the insurgents coming from. Why weren’t the borders effectively closed to prevent this. Let us not forget that Afghanistan, another nation we liberated, is slipping back into being a haven for the Taliban and others considered anathema to peace and stability.

    Be we still come back to the question, what do we do about it? Leaving is no solution. Placing blame for intelligence and military failures does not seem to get us anywhere. What do we do?

    The only option is to introduce such overwhelming military force as to quell the violence, broker peace among the extremist factions (as Blair did in Northern Ireland — yes religious extremism is not just a muslim thing, folks), and initially divide that country into governable, semi autonomous regions.

    This Administration does not seem to have the will to acknowledge its errors in judgement or place our options out on the table clearly, objectively and in a manner that would make our continued presence in that country acceptable to the American people, the region — or the world.

    Perhaps the next one will.

    John sells books in Washington, DC, and occasionally reads one.

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