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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Rove Finished? And other War Stuff

The Washington Post is reporting that "senior White House official" are discussing the future of Karl Rove, and whether he needs to leave for the President to be able to move on after NadaGate (nada crime in talking about Valerie).

Here's the truth. He doesn't need to leave. The only reason it is an issue is because the media has decided it needs to be an issue. How much white space does the Post, and NY Times need to burn on a guy who wasn't indicted? Evidently the answer to that is "Just enough to get Karl to leave".

On other pages , Richard Cohen (again) tries to make the case that the war is a failure because it's not brought peace to the Middle East, and maybe made it more unstable. I disagree with Richard for one reason, every thing he's sited as a reason was going on pre-2003.

Syria was a disruptive force before the war, harboring terrorists who attack Isreal on a regular basis. Al-Quaeda was already a force in Saudi Arabia, or maybe Richard forgot about the attacks that have occured there since the 1990s.

Sorry, Mr. Cohen, but a few more years of appeasing Saddam wasn't going to suddenly have those folks become nice guys in the region. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that the war may actually be helping in Saudi Arabia, because it's gotten their leadership to concentrate more on the terrorists working and being recruited there. It has probably also helped move the slow as molasses UN in it's investigations of Syria, which have finally resulted in some condemnation for their terrorist actions. To answer your question "No, the mission isn't accomplished, but at least it's been started".


Blogger asacan said...

Don't forget about Libya. Sure, they're not exactly in the Middle East (North Africa), but they're still predominantly Muslim, speak Arabic, and have harbored many a terrorist training camp. Since the Iraq war, they have moved closer to the "world community" and have made many positive gestures toward the U.S. and our allies.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

That is a very good point, it has changed their attitude also. Something else the media pays zero attention to is Afghanistan. The country is still working on getting to it's feet, but it has become a fairly stable democracy, with few attacks, and a population that seems proud of what they are doing. Oh wait, that is why the media doesn't pay attention to them.

5:12 PM  
Blogger DonSurber said...

Lefties Have Their Panties In A Bunch
(in other words, everything is normal)

6:39 PM  
Blogger mokawanis said...

The media does pay some attention to Afghanistan and what they report is that it's a long way from being fairly stable. The Taliban are still there, and they're using more sophisticated IED's, a lesson from Iraq.
Opium production is on the increase, and we all know what kind of misery that spreads around the world.
Having said all that, I still agree with you somewhat. Going after the Taliban after 9/11 was the right thing to do.

9:34 PM  

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