Monday, October 11, 2004


I am, to this day, mostly agnostic on the Iraq adventure -- I think that Junior"misled"the nation (purposefully or negligently--both are bad) about why we invaded Iraq, but regardless, Saddam had to go; America can't depend on the UN and foreign allies to support our foreign objectives, but we cannot discard them either; I think that America should be involved in the "nation building" that Junior so easily dismissed in 2000 (but has involved himself in Iraq and Afghanistan), but if so, we need to be realistic about it, not pretend that it will be easy (because it won't be) or pretend that we can do it alone. As the President might say, nation building is "hard."

That said, Iraq seems to be getting out of control. This is the money quote from this Newsweek short blurb:

It is absolutely the worst war I've ever covered," says John Kifner, a New York Times reporter who worked in Lebanon during that country's civil war in the late 1970s and '80s. "[In Beirut] you had a much better physical sense of where danger could come from, whereas in Iraq it's just all over."

So Beirut was better than Baghdad, and then the Newsweek article end with this:

The mayhem has led some American journalists to dye their blond hair brown, grow unkempt beards and avoid speaking English in any public setting. It has also prompted a lot of soul-searching. Asks Sarhaddi Nelson: "The question becomes, 'What service are you providing other than having a Baghdad dateline?'

The "discussion" should not be about why we are there (although there are serious questions that the Bush administration needs to answer), but how we might win, or realistically, at this point, not lose . You might dislike John Kerry's response as unrealistic (train Iraqis and get European allies), but I'm not sure what exactly Junior's plan is at this point, other "than things will get better, trust me, I'm the President."

My thoughts on Junior's argument: been there done that, time to try something else.