What’s behind Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s pleas to Iraqi leaders last week?
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If the Iraqi stalemate can be extended past November of next year, it also won’t interfere in Obama’s re-election plans. The question is whether — given Moqtada al-Sadr’s restored military power — the stalemate can be maintained.
So, inevitably, we come to the point at which Obama’s political calculations coincide with the Bush-Powell-Tenet nation-building strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan. Our enemies, especially Moqtada al-Sadr’s Iranian bosses, aren’t fools. They understand that the president wants to keep the war off the front pages and television screens so that it won’t interfere with his political message. They understand that — given the president’s preference for stalemate and plans for withdrawal — that eventually the stalemate will be broken in their favor.
Obama’s stalemate strategy, and his manipulation of the war to achieve media inattention to it, will probably succeed because the likely Republican presidential candidates will let him get away with it.
None have, at this writing, evidenced the courage to tackle Obama head-on on the budget by endorsing Paul Ryan’s new budget. That would require an ideological dedication that they apparently lack. It will take even greater ideological dedication to confront Obama’s stalemate strategy in the war. Who among them will stand up to say that the nation-builders are wrong, and that stalemate is not a goal?
It’s just as my source wrote almost seven years ago: Why do we think — almost a decade after 9-11 — that if you leave bad guys alone they will leave you alone? The bonfire of the neocons continues to blaze.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?