When even heavyweight military men start telling you that “victory is not an option” in Iraq, it’s time to pull out.
“Victory is not an option” is precisely what retired Army lieutenant general William E. Odom said this past weekend in an article in the Washington Post. The head of army intelligence and director of the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration in effect shook his head in despair and disgust.
I recommend reading the article even if it means navigating away from this page for a while. Just past this into your browser and click: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/09/AR2007020901917.html
The hopelessness of the situation ought to be a call to Democrats to demand an immediate pullout. Not a wishy-washy maybe-perhaps-a-bit-later-on Hillary Clinton kind of pullout or a Barak Obama let’s-take-nine-months-to-pull-out kind of pullout.
It’s time for Democrats to just say “go.” Leave. Now. Before we lose thousands more American troops.
Will there be total chaos and considerable loss of life in Iraq if we just jump on our helicopters and leave the country?
Yes. Just as there is today and every day in Iraq.
Will Iraqi lives get lost? You bet. But thousands of Iraqi lives get lost every day. At least a pullout will stem the loss of American lives.
Continuing the war in Iraq contributes to the murder – there’s no other word for it – the murder of U.S. troops whose tours of duty never seem to end, who grow older and more weary fighting for….something or other. Oh yeah, that impossible “victory” against, umm…that amorphous thing called “terrorism.”
Democrats who refuse to demand a pullout, in Congress and on the campaign trail, are just as guilty as George Bush and the Republican party, who now seem to be trying to provoke Iran into a hostile act so that we can expand and get deeper yet into this bloody quagmire.
It’s coming down to the fact that you’re either for immediate withdrawal or you’re helping to murder U.S. troops.
It’s time to pull out. Leave. Quit. No shilly-shallying any more. Just say go.
Monday, February 12, 2007
You can’t have it two ways in Iraq and still have a coherent policy. It’s time to pull out. Democrats should tell the President, “Just say go.”
Posted by The New York Crank at 10:34 AM