He Agrees With Me?
However, today he's got a great opinion piece about the Democrats, Iraq and the National Intelligence Estimate I wrote about last night. The funny thing is that was the topic I was going to write about tonight anyway. I was kind of formulating my thoughts on my (ungodly long) drive home from Crown Point Indiana tonight.
David points out (as I did last night) that the "head in the sand" strategy is pretty well tossed with the conclussions of the NIE.
What we've heard from Murtha and Company over the last 12 months or so is that we need to pull out and they'll quit hating us; except no one in the intel community seems to believe that. History has also shown that to be false, the link is on the right sidebar that shows how often we've backed off, and been hit again.
The other seeming strategy has been to scream that the invasion was a mistake, but come up with no coherent strategy for Iraq. At this point whether the invasion was a mistake or not, the truth is it doesn't matter other than for scoring political points.
The real world truth is that leaving Iraq wouldn't do any good at this point, other than to make the war protesters here happy. Much like the pull out from Somolia, it would reinforce the believe among the jihadists that we are weak and unwilling to put up with the loses need to win the war on terror.
Ignatius is tougher on them than I have been in this, or other writings. A good excerpt from his column today kind of sums up the Democrats:
But with a few notable exceptions, the Democrats are mostly ducking the hard question of what to do next. They act as if all those America-hating terrorists will evaporate back into the sands of Anbar province if the United States pulls out its troops. Alas, that is not the case. That is the problem with Iraq -- it is not an easy mistake to fix.Mistakes are always easier to point out and bitch about than fix. The left, and some on the right are more than willing to come forward and say "Bush screwed the pooch on this", but that seems to be where it ends.
Whether it's more boots on the ground, as (retired) General Batiste called for yesterday; a part of the speech the left pretends didn't happen; or cutting and running, put the plan out there and let voters decide in six weeks if it's a good one.
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