Sunday, November 19, 2006
Bush was for "Stay the Course" before he was against it. Then the Democrats won the election and Rummy was fired. After all, Rummy was an advocate of "stay the course" and the voters had spoken so he had to go. Then Abizaid said that we should maintain our troop levels, which is the same thing Rummy, who was fired, had been saying . But Bush has said repeatedly that he will listen to the Generals on the ground. Yet he also said that the voters had spoken, which was why he had to fire Rummy. So who does he listen to? The generals or the American people? Maybe he should listen to his secret advisor, Henry Kissinger, who said:
Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday.
Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq's regional neighbors _ including Iran _ if progress is to be made in the region."If you mean by 'military victory' an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don't believe that is possible," he told the British Broadcasting Corp.
For those of us who have been against this war from the beginning, this is a bittersweet vindication of our opposition. We do not take pleasure in our country's failures. We do not relish our country's defeats. As time goes on, it is becoming more and more clear that Iraq is a failure. Even Bill Kristol of PNAC fame has admitted that it's a disaster and that Republicans are going to soon quit supporting it.
When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you have to do is STOP DIGGING! It's time that we stopped digging. Immediately. I realize that we can't just pack our shit up and go home, but it's time that we started drawing up the plans. Regardless of what the Baker/Hamilton study group says, it's time we started getting our asses out of this hole we've dug. Shit, even Kissinger gets it.