Sunday, February 26, 2006

An icon of the Right admits Iraq is a failure

William F. Buckley admits our Iraq strategy is a failure

Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven't proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.

A problem for American policymakers — for President Bush, ultimately — is to cope with the postulates and decide how to proceed. One of these postulates, from the beginning, was that the Iraqi people, whatever their tribal differences, would suspend internal divisions in order to get on with life in a political structure that guaranteed them religious freedom. The accompanying postulate was that the invading American army would succeed in training Iraqi soldiers and policymkers to cope with insurgents bent on violence. This last did not happen. And the administration has, now, to cope with failure


Blogger blogReader said...

Hmm, relying on a senile 81-year old for confirmation of your views? As a medical doctor I am sure you can see the signs of senility in Bill.

7:20 PM  

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