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Monday, December 19, 2005

Lot of Iraq

After the President's speech on Iraq last night, there is of course a ton of news and analysis on what he said, what it means, and why he televised the speech.

Starting with the positive, not so much of the speech but of the Iraq invasion as a whole and it's effect on the Arab world, is Jackson Diehl. He points out in his column today that democracy is indeed gaining momentum in the Middle East. If folks care to remember, the spread of democracy in the region was one of the reasons for the invasion.

The Post's analysis piece, "Bush Brings More Realistic View of War to Forefront" praises the president for being more honest on his mistakes in Iraq, and talking about where things haven't gone right. But like most analysis, it puts Bush's statements on the amount of time it take to make Iraq a stable democracy in the column of a "change of direction". This is false, Bush has stated since the invasion that it wouldn't be quick, and that recovering from decades of tyranny won't be immediate.

Newsweek has two items in this weeks end of year issue on Iraq, one is about deciding when the troops return home. This is a good piece on both the positives, and the things still to be overcome before everyone gets withdrawn.

The other is an interview with General Casey on the situation on the ground, and the general job of putting Iraq back on track. Casey is a good interview because he's not all rah-rah, but is honest on the topics he's asked about.

Enjoy the reading.

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Blogger shoprat said...

If God Himself were to come down from Heaven, shake our president's hand and say "Good job" the left would still be complaining.

There can't be any good news out of Iraq because they are not responsible for it.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Steven Tucker said...

Democracy is one of those things that we are not completely committed to, we've got to fight to make sure it succeeds, otherwise, the Middle East will be worse off than when we got involved.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

LOL. You are so right Shoprat!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat, they'd complain because he invoked religion :)

Steven, you are right we do have to make sure it succeeds, doing as some would like, which is backing out before Iraq is stable would be hugely stupid.

10:20 PM  

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