And if they aren’t, how long before they’re declared to be liberal? There is the obvious case of Andrew Sullivan, one of the most philosophically formidable conservatives, who is freely declared to be a liberal by virtually the entire right-o-sphere because he long ago stopped toeing the Bush line. To be honest and insightful seems to almost by definition exclude one from the Kool-Aid Kidz. Here’s the stalwart “Captain” Ed Morrissey, who, naturally, has never served in the military (when’s he going to give himself a promotion?).
General Petraeus Does Not Know What Is Happening In Iraq
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): â€œI Donâ€™t Believe Him.â€ Q: â€œâ€¦General Petraeus is going to come to the Hill and make it clear to you that there is progress going on in Iraq, that the so-called surge is working. Will you believe him when he says that?â€ SEN. REID (D-NV): â€œNo, I don’t believe him, because it’s not happening. All you have to do is look at the facts.â€ (CNNâ€™s â€œThe Situation Room,â€ 04/23/07)
David H. Petraeus:
Four-Star General, Commander, Multinational Forces-Iraq
Senator Who Doesn’t Listen To Commanders of Military Forces
Well, it’s rather hard to keep up since they get fired the second they stop pushing Bush’s propaganda. Nobody advocated a tiny little “surge” created through extending tours until Bush wanted it, and the second he said so, it became The Only Way to the loyal.
Truthfully, Harry Reid should avoid trying to pretend Petraeus is on his side. And Private Ed should pretend avoiding somebody who disagreed with Bush could keep his job.
Let’s look at some more Ed. I won’t go far, I’ll just sample recent entries. There’s this sublime bit of moronic simplistic pap which tells you this man should be nowhere near our foreign policy:
The war will define our era and our politics. Either we continue taking the war to the terrorists, wherever we find them — and we’ve found them in abundance in al-Anbar — or we declare defeat and return home, awaiting the next attack. Rudy has made his choice clear.
Where to start? Did we find terrorists in al-Anbar? Or has the Iraq War been like Miracle-Gro for terrorism? How many terrorists were there before we invaded? Were they terrorists when there wasn’t actually terrorism in Iraq? Or did the war flush them out, finding the ones who would pick up arms against an occupation, or join a civil war after chaos was unleashed? By that logic, we should step things up, no? Let’s start bulldozing homes and torturing Iraqis in public squares. Maybe light some children on fire (more of that tasty white phosphorus please!). Surely this will provoke even more terrorists to show their faces, no?
Hussein Agha does not make these points in favor of American occupation. In fact, he believes that the “magic has taken over the magician,” and that the US has boxed itself into a situation with no exit solutions. However, his argument becomes all the more powerful as a result. We cannot just walk away from Iraq; no matter how bad some believe it to be, the chain of events a precipitate withdrawal will commence will be exponentially worse for the region and for the US.
No solutions, but we must stay so that Turkey doesn’t declare war on the Kurds. Standing up to Turkey and defending the self-determination of the Kurds just isn’t an option, is it? Nearly everything else cited as what would happen if we left is either preferable to endless war or simply outside of our control. “…his argument becomes all the more powerful as a result.” Oh, naturally! It seems that Private Ed cannot comprehend that much of the damage is already done, or what the word “exponentially” means. When Bush invaded without knowing the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni, the divide and Shiite dominance was all but inevitable. Sunnis were provoking Shiites into civil war and Bush still thought he was fighting Saddam loyalists and Al Queda. But now Ed believes that if British-drawn borders dissolve it will be just terrible for the Middle East. It is those borders that are a significant source of the problem, and our belief that we must maintain endless war in order to prop up those borders is absurd.
Never mind the fact that “Captain” Ed is forever willing to put up other Americans’ lives and money into this boondoggle venture. Thoroughly safe from an IED and sacrificing nothing, he will somehow manage the “courage” to keep up this charade in Iraq. Yes, the war is lost, and Bush lost it. We may manage to forge a political solution that moves things towards a possibly not-so-bad state some day. Maybe next year, maybe thirty years, maybe seventy-five; certainly Private Ed has no way of knowing. And what he thinks he knows will guarantee it doesn’t come soon if people with his ridiculously simple-minded approach are still in charge of our policy.
We could have accomplished so much if we had simply pursued Al Queda. We could have avoided so much if we had stayed out of Iraq or fomented a natural uprising (difficult after Bush I’s refusal, but possible). Instead, here we are, adrift on a sea of chickenhawk testosterone.