February 28, 2006

Letting Go

"If, in fact, U.S. troops pull out of Iraq anytime before their mission is accomplished — the plan of some Democrats and the wish of a few Republicans — then defeat is surely what this debacle will be called." — Richard Cohen, in an Op Ed piece in the Washington Post a few weeks ago ("Let Rumsfeld Go").

No. Based on past experience, the US will either pull out whenever it damn well feels like and simply proclaim victory no matter what the resulting state of Iraq (after all, with the short attention span of the US public and media, who'd care after a few months? Who here now cares or thinks much about Afghanistan?) while blaming Iraqis for their inability to live in peace, or it'll spend the next thirty years whining about being the victim there. Or quite possibly it'll do both.

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