Iraq For Dummies… And The Insane

What do you do when you have so much to say, and so little interest in saying it?

Invading Iraq was the exact right thing to do, and that has proven to be indisputable. That hasn't stopped lots of people from trying, but their arguments such as Bush lied, no WMDs, we should have gone after bin laden, or Saddam would never have aligned with al-Qaeda are not only unsupportable, they are irrational to the point that merely acknowledging gives them entirely undeserved status.

Yet we're forced to deal with these people who hold absurd points of view because they just might succeed in accomplishing something that would lead to genocide, instability, and Americans being far less safe for generations to come – and that something is our abandonment of Iraq.

President Bush hasn't helped our cause much because he's been far weaker than those of us who supported the Iraq war had ever imagined he would be. And I should qualify that further because, amazingly, most people who believe in staying the course in Iraq still refuse to assign primary blame for current conditions to the President himself.

I had a short exchange this week with Jack Kelly, an otherwise astute and experienced commentator on Middle East matters who had written a terrific column in which he compared Iraq to WWII, the last war in which we accepted nothing less than unconditional surrender from our enemies. Mr. Kelly mentioned that President Bush had admitted he'd made mistakes, and Mr. Kelly proceeded to detail some of the major ones, but in the end, he returns to the familiar "we" as in, we, though presumably not you and me, collectively failed (to this point) in Iraq, and he concludes with a sentence I found utterly astounding: "It sounded Wednesday night as if President Bush is at long last prepared to light a fire under Mr. Maliki."

I told Mr. Kelly that he, along with virtually all other commentators who share his views, have failed to hold President Bush singularly accountable, and that the President's conduct of the whole Iraq situation had been reprehensible.insofar as he'd failed to define what he wanted done, failed to demand that his generals carry out his aims, and failed to allow the military to prosecute the war to a.successful conclusion – one that would likely have occurred long ago had we been less concerned about collateral damage and world opinion.

Mr. Kelly wrote to say:

"'Disgraceful' is way too strong.  Bush has been heeding the counsel of his generals.  The policy we have been pursuing in Iraq is largely what has been recommended by Gens. John Abizaid and George Casey."

Are you as shocked as I was?

I replied: If we are to accept your characterization, not only does Bush look weak and ineffective, but the generals do too. They, of course, were ineffective, but it's Bush fault. He, like Lincoln, should have made demands on them, not taken advice from them. That is to say, he should have  weighed their input, then told them to get done what  he wanted to happen

I added that I believed I'd used the word, "reprehensible," not "disgraceful," though both
would apply in lieu of a stronger word.

In my experience, it's primarily ex-Colonels, Ralph Peters, Jack Jacobs and David Hunt who have been willing to call a spade a spade in assessing all aspects of the Iraq war, and none of them are optimistic that Bush understands what it will really take to affect a satisfactory outcome.

But to get back to my opening point, There is no argument the wacko left can mount against Iraq that makes any sense, and what's worse, if they were to prevail, our world will be far more dangerous. Or to put it in terms some of these idiots might understand, Rich Lowry asked, if we leave Iraq, and a bloodbath ensues, will George Clooney then demand we go back in on humanitarian grounds?

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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3 Responses to Iraq For Dummies… And The Insane

  1. Very good post. I know we have the military war machinery that could destroy the entire earth. What I don't know is why we have it? We don't use it or even a very small portion of it, and we don't threaten to use it. We could have made this war so much easier and lost fewer lives if we had just given the rest of the world a sneak peek at what they would be facing if they ever tried to come after us. Now, after this fiasco, everyone will be pumped up enough to think they can take us on and win. I think we have opened the door to more and more violent attacks against us. What a sorry state of affairs this has become.

  2. cancangirl says:

    We COULD have turned the whole mid-east, into a parking lot, and did not..yet, the continuous onslaught of the media, STILL refuses to print the truths re: Iraq…the truth is: If anything "good" is going on over there, they will NOT publish it..it defeats their purpose in 08—-Well, "you can fool some of the people, some of the time, and most of the people, most of the time..but you can't fool all the people all of the time" I REFUSE to be part of the media ploys, that are threatening to devour this Nation altogether. Back to the original point: GW the TYRANT???? HARDLY.

  3. John says:

    In one paragraph, you have summed up the central problem with the Iraq war:"I told Mr. Kelly that he, along with virtually all other commentators
    who share his views, have failed to hold President Bush singularly
    accountable, and that the President's conduct of the whole Iraq
    situation had been reprehensible.insofar as he'd failed to define what
    he wanted done, failed to demand that his generals carry out his aims,
    and failed to allow the military to prosecute the war to a.successful
    conclusion – one that would likely have occurred long ago had we been
    less concerned about collateral damage and world opinion."Too many people get caught up on the whole "Commander in Chief" part (which usually doesn't mean what they think it means, i.e., unlimited power over the military and warfare) and fail to point out the concommitent responsibility of "The buck stops here".Excellent post!John

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