Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentines Day Debate in the House

My Valentines Day Prayer

Roses are Red,
Viagara is Blue,
Our Iraq Policy is ******,
Can we Impeach W

So the GOP has started a very pardoxical debate today in Congress. Out of one side of their mouths they are saying that the Democrat sponsored non binding resolution opposing the Surge is a toothless and a completely useless gesture. And out of the other side of their mouths they are saying that this action by the Democrats is the first step in handing over our civilization to the Islamo-Fascists. I dont think even a spin meister like Karl Rove can square that circle.


Blogger Dr. Idiot said...

While like a lot of people I originally supported the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq, I am now convinced that decision was based on a highly suspect interpretation of the available intelligence, and that the drumbeat for war had more to do with a neo-con foreign policy experiment than with any notion that we were going to be defeating al-Qaeda.

That being said, in the words of Senator Jim Webb, "This country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years." Although again in Webb's words, "The President took us into this war recklessly", this is the situation we are in. Regardless of where the blame lies for the situation, the nation is at war, and as such, it has an obligation to fully support its troops.

Our enemies (at least the less educated ones) do not make distinctions about which American political party is making what hay with which favorable or unfavorable news coming out of Iraq. They care only that Americans must die and that America embodies evil. All our tortured navel-gazing about troop levels in Iraq can only give them hope that they are going to win in any large struggle against the US, or indeed any democracy that stands up to them.

The debate lays bare the division in this country about the war, but it cannot do anything to put the toothpaste back into the tube or the spilled milk back into the bottle. Now the only decision we have to make is are we going to continue to fight this war or not. If not, we should withdraw and leave Iraq and Iraqis to their own devices. If we should stay, and we just sent a brilliant American general to command the fight with unanimous Senate approval, then we should fight.

The tone and tenor of the resolutions currently being debated only expose the mercurial nature of the House and the plodding nature of the Senate - two aspects of US political life that no insurgent, Shiia militiaman, or al-Qaeda terrorist gives two hoots about.

We have engaged these enemies, despite every good reason not to. Now we are in this fight and we need to win it. Our new strategy, which reflects a turnaround from the incumbent strategy in almost every respect, needs to be given time to work. Our new General needs to be given time to implement the strategy. If in a year there is no progress, we should withdraw from Iraq.

When Britain suppressed a communist insurgency in Malaya during the 1950s, they made dramatic and brutal mistakes for the first 4 years of the insurgency. Then one enlightened commander showed up on the scene and over the course of the next 4 years the insurgency was snuffed out. There is no direct parallel to Iraq except that insurgencies and communal strife are messy, messy businesses, and we cannot wish them away with self-indulgent congressional resolutions.


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