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    05 August 2006

    Friedman: Time to disengage

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    Yet another opportunity to end the selective outrage embraced by the SC conservative blogosphere. This time Tom "give 'em six more months" Friedman concludes that "[t]he longer we maintain a unilateral failing strategy in Iraq, the harder it will be to build such a coalition, and the stronger the enemies of freedom will become." Here is an excerpt:
    [T]hree years of efforts to democratize Iraq are not working. That means "staying the course" is pointless, and it's time to start thinking about Plan B - how we might disengage with the least damage possible.

    ...But the administration now has to admit what anyone - including myself - who believed in the importance of getting Iraq right has to admit: Whether for Bush reasons or Arab reasons, it is not happening, and we can't throw more good lives after good lives.

    Finally, the war in Iraq has so divided us at home and abroad that leaving, while bringing other problems, might also make it easier to build coalitions to deal with post-U.S. Iraq, Iran, Hezbollah and Syria. All these problems are connected. We need to deal with Iran and Syria, but from a position of strength - and that requires a broad coalition.

    The longer we maintain a unilateral failing strategy in Iraq, the harder it will be to build such a coalition, and the stronger the enemies of freedom will become. [link, sub. req.]

    Opportunities around every corner for the right-wing blogosphere to call out Republicans that respond to failed policy in the same, so-called anti-American, way as some in the Democratic Party; whom they label as traitors, weak, et cetera...

    conveniently they continue to pass on opportunity after opportunity.

    Posted by Geoff

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