WHAT IS TO BE DONE ? IRAQ, THE WAR ON TERROR AND THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION - A PREFACE
The War and the Election are one. There is no other issue and on that America's future hangs in the balance. Mr. Bush goes forward blindly while Mr. Kerry knows not where to go and shows no inkling of why he should.
If you have not been reading a truly excellent group blog called The Boileryard
, you ought to start. A challenge has been issued there to all bloggers to debate " Exiting Iraq ".
You can read their posts
, including a good summary of options by Boileryard Clarke here
. Many of them by other members of The Boileryard are quite critical and because I do want that side to have the strongest representation possible I'm also linking to recent commentary on Iraq by Collounsbury (here
) and Juan Cole.
I supported the invasion of Iraq in public debate on H-Diplo and HNN( here
) and still remain firmly convinced that it was the correct course of action even as I harbor immense bitterness about how badly the Bush administration has mishandled Iraq and jeopardized the entire war. Democracy is not likely to be realized in Iraq any time soon even if that country avoids sliding into civil war. Our position there is eroding and the insurgency is tying down too many military assets that we frankly need to tackle al Qaida in Pakistan ( yes, Pakistan) and if required, to deter Iran or North Korea from nuclear catastrophe.
War supporters like myself need to offer a harsh reassessment of the possible in Iraq and explain why reorganizing to move forward is so vital, something I will do in a subsequent post. The war on America quite simply will not stop because we do, our foes recognize no cease-fires and strike no bargains. This war is one that if left undone, will follow us home.
America does not have another year to stand still.