February 27, 2006
Well, Isn't That What They're Best At?
William F. Buckley, the conservative's conservative, declares Game Over:
"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed...Unfortunately Bill, that's a no-can-do for President John Wayne:
Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans...
And the administration has, now, to cope with failure...
Mr. Bush has a very difficult internal problem here because to make the kind of concession that is strategically appropriate requires a mitigation of policies he has several times affirmed in high-flown pronouncements. His challenge is to persuade himself that he can submit to a historical reality without forswearing basic commitments in foreign policy.
He will certainly face the current development as military leaders are expected to do: They are called upon to acknowledge a tactical setback, but to insist on the survival of strategic policies.
Yes, but within their own counsels, different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgment of defeat."
"The only way the terrorists can win is if we lose our nerve and abandon the mission. For the safety and security of the American people, that's not going to happen on my watch."So, unless someone gives Pouty McShitfaced some anti-arrogance pills, it's gonna me more maiming (16,653 U.S. soldiers wounded, so far) and more killing (2,294 dead as of today) for months and years to come.
(Photo by Nubar Alexanian. Coalition casualties courtesy of George W. Bush.)