Thursday, May 24, 2007

The question they just keep missing

President Bush had another news conference today. It was a lot of the same old, same old, e.g. we need to fight them there rather than here/or they will follow us home, but there was a moment of excitement when he threw a new word out there: "expeditiously." As usual, he said it slowly, with great emphasis, as if none of us out there listening were acquainted with the term. You always end up feeling like a third-grader before he gets finished with his orations.

Once again, though, no one asked the question it seems to me is so crucial about the Iraq conflict: when in the course of all of human history has a foreign occupier ever "won," or had much impact at all on, a civil war? There wasn't any great result with the French in Vietnam. Ditto with the Americans in Vietnam. Ditto with the Americans in Lebanon in the l980s. Someone should make the President explain why he believes Iraq will turn out differently. That's really the key issue in all of this: why are we standing in the middle of an inter-Iraqi conflict about the future of the state, and what are the chances we can leverage some kind of positive result, whatever that might be?!

David Gregory, you listening?


Blogger betmo said...

i was especially amused when he kept claiming that the iraqis actually want us there. they- i believe he used the word invitation- invited us there. the same tired rhetoric and the same tired plans. no desire to do what the american people want because he has his own private agenda. no- occupiers never win. but then- i doubt that we intended to win in iraq in the first place.

9:02 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Crawford Caligula had done as much as or more than Osama to further the ends of Al Qaeda.

2:59 PM  

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