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    03 November 2006

    Conservatives: "Iraq is failing" and "Bush is a liar about this war"

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    Pro-war conservative Ralph Peters:
    President Bush insists that we have no conflicts with the al-Maliki government. The president isn't telling the truth - or he himself doesn't support our military's efforts. He can't have it both ways. Bush appears increasingly desperate just to get through the upcoming elections.

    I supported the removal of Saddam Hussein. I believed that Arabs deserved a chance to build a rule-of-law democracy in the Middle East. Based upon firsthand experience, I was convinced that the Middle East was so politically, socially, morally and intellectually stagnant that we had to risk intervention - or face generations of terrorism and tumult. I still believe that our removal of Hussein was a noble act.

    I only wish the administration had done it competently.

    Peters adds that "Iraq is failing. No honest observer can conclude otherwise." "...Iraq's impending failure is an embarrassment." and
    My disillusionment with our Iraq endeavor began last summer, when I was invited to a high-level discussion with administration officials. I went into the meeting with one firm goal, to convince my hosts that they'd better have Plan B in case Iraq continued to disintegrate. I left the session convinced that the administration still didn't have Plan A, only a blur of meandering policies and blind hopes.

    Andrew Sullivan (a reasonable conservative) adds:
    But remember: according to the president, Rumsfeld is doing a "fantastic job." The only inference one can draw is that conservative Ralph Peters has just written that president Bush is dishonest. And he's right.

    Bush is a liar about this war; and he's been lying for a long time. It's way past time to call him on it.


    [UPDATE]
    Laura Rozen highlights a money quote from Peters:
    "Iraq could have turned out differently. It didn't. And we must be honest about it. We owe that much to our troops. They don't face the mere forfeiture of a few congressional seats but the loss of their lives. Our military is now being employed for political purposes. It's unworthy of our nation."

    Posted by Geoff

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