Third way out of Iraq
So I read an interesting article today by Jonah Goldberg in the L.A. Times entitled, “Iraq was a worthy mistake.” In the article, Jonah makes underwhelming arguments as it pertains to insignificance of not finding WMD’s and how “the administration did not anticipate a low-intensity civil war in Iraq.” But after fighting through the end of the article, Goldberg (in classic Clintonian fashion) talks about the possible third way out of Iraq. His third way calls for a national Iraqi poll asking whether or not they want coalition troops to stay.
He goes on to say, “If Iraqis voted “stay,” we’d have a mandate to do what’s necessary to win, and our ideals would be reaffirmed. If they voted “go,” our values would also be reaffirmed, and we could leave with honor. And pretty much everyone would have to accept democracy as the only legitimate expression of national will.”
I think it is insulting to ask the Iraqi people whether they think we should leave or not, especially considering the fact we didn’t ask the Iraqis to invade their country. And do you really think after the hundreds of billions of dollars we spent in invading and rebuilding Iraq coupled with the enormous drive to save face, coalition forces would allow their fate to rest with the voice of the Iraqis?
And what’s worse, between the criticism of Democrats that voted for the war and calls for Donald Rumsfeld to resign, there is a deafening silence in holding Bush accountable for his mistakes. Just as you would think the Foley scandal would have happened last year if you follow mainstream news, Bush has already blamed intelligence failures on the CIA and before it’s all said and done, Rumsfeld will be blamed for not properly executing the war. So don’t let war fatigue make you ignore the dangerous times we live in.
Do you think there is a third way for Iraq? If so, what do you propose?