Carol Platt Liebau: The Politics of Defeat

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Politics of Defeat

The ever-sanctimonious Chuck Hagel has declared Iraq to be essentially unwinnable and opposes the Iraqi Prime Minister's request for more US troops to secure Baghdad. His idea? To have Presidents Clinton and Bush I convene a regional peace conference. Right -- that'll solve the problem.

Back in 2004, Marines were fighting in Fallujah, and we were told the situation was unetable. Now, Fallujah is secure -- and we need more troops in Baghdad. Hagel needs to remember the words of Ronald Reagan: "I don't believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing." Here, it's not clear that sending more troops to Baghdad will guarantee success, but we do know that not sending them will guarantee failure.

If the war in Iraq is worth winning (which it is), it's worth sending as many troops as are needed to get the job done.


Blogger R Platt said...

Where on God's green earth did the good people of Nebraska dig up this mindless dolt?

6:23 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

'nuff said.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

You're last sentence nails it, Carol. Well said.

10:33 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

Used to be the defeatniks could get a couple of headlines, couple of appearances on Hardball. But they are so old news no one listens to them anymore. Defeatniks are depressing. Fighting back is still de rigeur.

11:54 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Glad to see the spirit of 1915 is still alive and well in the Republican party. Sure, people told the leaders of Germany, England, and France that WW1 was unwinnable back then -- but would they stand down and work for peace? Heck no! That would be cowardice. That would be giving in! Instead, they did what real men -- and all good neo-cons -- do: They kept sending hundreds of thousands of young men to their deaths for a war that was unwinnable, until most of a generation had been wiped out.

But look at the bright side -- at least the settlement that finally ended the war set the stage for the rise of Hitler and WW2 -- so the death-lovers in the Republican party can still have something to look forward to once this debacle is over!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

As the elected Iraqi government is friendlier to Iran and Hezbollah than the US, it seems a good argument can be made not to have US troops dying for the current rulers. This is the mess former Bush tried to warn his idiot son about.

10:04 PM  

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