And yet. In the space of the past year in Iraq we have satisfied
and chronologically surpassed all our benchmarks, arrived at the
point at which winning would set in, and discovered that instead of
winning virtually everything has gone backwards. […] No, for good
or ill the ultimatum of picking up stakes creates actual urgency, namely an urgent reclamation of
initiative on the part of the USA and an urgent dumping of
initiative upon the Iraqis left holding the bag. If this is a
wretched idea it’s because — and only because — Iraq might become
so hopelessly anarchic that the Middle East will implode, sucking
every people but the Persians into a vast hellbroth. […] The
inability of Iraq to form a national army capable of even the
pretense of monopolized force is their fault, not ours […].
Kasparov, Dec. 2 2006:
So what then, to do? “Mission accomplished” jokes aside, the original goals in Iraq—deposing Saddam Hussein and holding elections—have been achieved. Nation-building was never on the agenda, and it should not be added now. All the allied troops in the world aren’t going to stop the Iraqi people from continuing their civil war if this is their choice. As long as Muslim leaders in Iraq and elsewhere are unwilling to confront their own radical elements, outsiders will be spectators in the line of fire.
As for stability, if allied troops leave Iraq: What stability? I won’t say things can’t get worse—if we’ve learned anything, it’s that things in the Middle East can always get worse; but at least the current deadly dynamic would be changed. And with change there is always hope for improvement. Without change, we are expecting a different result from the same behavior, something once defined as insanity.
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?