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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

On the Obama Pull-out

Jonah has an excellent article on the Dems aggressive pursuit of genocide in Iraq. Here's a key snippet:

Ultimately, it’s unknowable what would — or will — happen if the U.S. “redeploys” until it happens. But what I find fascinating is the growing consensus around the Obama withdrawal-is-justifiable position. (If you think this unfair to Obama, feel free to call it the Hillary Doctrine or the Edwards Corollary or the Richardson Rule.)

Liberals used to be the ones who argued that sending U.S. troops abroad was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home.

Read the whole thing...

Jonah goes on to wonder about the liberal hypocrisy on the foreign policy front. Of course, the sole reason for their turn-around is their hatred over Bush.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Stupid Country said...

"...if genocide unfolds in Iraq after American troops depart, it would be hard to argue that we weren’t at least partly to blame. Yes, the mass murder would have more immediate authors than the United States of America, but we would undeniably be responsible, at least in part, for giving a green light to genocide."
(Jonah Goldberg)


Yup. No argument there. It's going to be a huge mess.

Here's where I differ, though: It's a matter of verb tense. Whatever happens after US troops leave, the seeds are already sown. It IS a civil war, today, and it IS genocide or at least a hell of a bloodbath already set in motion, already made inevitable. US troops can't keep this from happening even if they stay for 10 more years, although it may take a little longer.

Jonah's "We" are to blame -- his "We" are the ideologues who promoted the "liberation" of Iraq, the Bush Administration who sold it, the Republican majority in Congress who made it futile to resist authorizing it, the Democrats who caved to that majority and voted for it, and the Americans who supported it and re-elected the President who pushed the button.

All Obama's really said is: It's clear where this criminally stupid enterprise is headed -- to some of us, it's always been clear -- and there's no palatable ending in sight, and everyone can see this plainly enough now, so, to paraphrase the President, let's just cut this shit out.

"We" will still be to blame, but the US at least will have owned up to its stupidity, stopped perpetuating it, and turned its resources toward more productive pursuits.