Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Remember the kerfuffle over Harry Reid's "This war is lost" statement?
From the L.A. Times:

We lost. What now?
Americans should begin to deal with what being defeated in Iraq means.
And as any sports fan can tell you, the only thing that feels worse than a loss is an upset. An upset demands explanation and requires that responsible parties be punished.

The endgame in Iraq is now clear, in outline if not detail, and it appears that the heavily favored United States will be upset. Once support for a war is lost, it is gone for good; there is no example of a modern democracy having changed its mind once it turned against a war. So we ought to start coming to grips with the meaning of losing in Iraq.
Hopefully at some point during the recriminations to come, the American people will seize the opportunity to ask themselves a series of fundamental questions about the role and purpose of U.S. power in the world. How much influence can the United States have in the Middle East? Is its oil worth American blood and treasure? Are we really safer now that Iraq burns? Might we not be better off just leaving the region alone?
Perhaps at some point we will come to recognize that the United States can afford to be much more restrained in its foreign policy adventures. Were our founding fathers here, they would surely look on Iraq with horror and judge that the nation they created had fundamentally lost its way. If the war in Iraq leads the United States to return to its traditional, restrained grand strategy, then perhaps the whole experience will not have been in vain.

Either way, the Iraq syndrome is coming. We need to be prepared for the divisiveness, vitriol, self-doubt and recrimination that will be its symptoms. They will be the defining legacy of the Bush administration and neoconservatism's parting gift to America.


At 1:05 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

The war is lost. Now let's not lose the election, 'k? 'K.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Political Realm said...

But Condi Rice told me this weekend that history will judge him well. Now I just don't know what to believe...

At 1:39 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

If I have anything to say about it, Laffy, you betcha.

And I want to know what kinda drugs Condi AND Laura are on. I want to live in that lala land just once, for a little while, to see what its like.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Hehehe, "Laffy", hehehe! Lerve it!

At 2:14 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

Yeah, see, I like to give little pet names out. That way I can appear to be sarcastic and snarky and frat-boy cool without knowing how to be sarcastic or snarky. See, Fredo, now that's a knee-slapper. And my best was Stretch, see, 'cause he's tall!

At 2:27 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

I don't do pet names myself, Breaky. Cliffdog and Padlock would point and laugh at me. And snark just isn't my thing, you know?


At 2:42 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

Padlock - I like that one.


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