Carol Platt Liebau: The Cost of Failure

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Cost of Failure

Tony Blankley lays it out right here:

[I]f . . . our departure from Iraq yields civil war, chaos, war lordism and terrorist safe havens — it is very likely that Iran will lurch in to harvest their advantages, Turkey will send in its army to stop an independent Kurdistan and Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the other Sunni states will be sucked in to fend off Shi'ite Iran's hegemony. In that nightmare maelstrom, the 20 million barrels a day of oil shipped from the Persian Gulf — and the world economy with it — will be in daily risk of being cut off.

Nor is that all. Al Qaeda and other terrorists are already gloating that they have whipped the "cowardly Americans" in Iraq. We will be seen (in fact already are beginning to be seen) as a weak reed for moderate Muslims to rely on in their hearts-and-mind struggle against the radical Islamists. Osama bin Laden was right in one regard: People fear and follow the strong horse; even more so in Middle Eastern culture where restraint is seen as weakness and murder is seen as strength.

You heard it here.


Blogger Cliff said...

Never fear, the dems will fix it!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I like Blankley's analogy that the winner in chess is the player who makes the next-to-the-last mistake and that retreat in Iraq would be the last mistake.

11:20 AM  
Blogger stackja1945 said...

Hitler and Tojo nearly won because of the then 1940s defeatists.

6:24 PM  
Blogger R Platt said...

In the eyes of our enemies the only acceptable outcome in Iraq is complete capitulation by the United States and its allies. Unfortunately, the recently elected cut-and-run national legislature will be more than happy to accommodate their demands. Let me be among the first to congratulate the brilliance of the electorate.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Let me be the last.

11:41 PM  

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