Friday, August 19, 2005

What short memories we have
Reuters, via Political Wire quotes Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) regarding the current situation in Iraq:

We are seen as occupiers, we are targets. We have got to get out. I don't think we can sustain our current policy, nor do I think we should.
Here's the problem. Why does no one seem to remember Bin Laden's response to the US withdrawl from Mogadishu? He called the US a "paper tiger," that cuts and runs when faced with any serious pressure.

Do we really want to suffer the consequences of strengthening that lesson for him? Do we really want to see what happens when all of his posturing about how we don't have the stomach to win in Iraq is proven right?

Maybe he is right. Maybe the US is weak. And if so, it's because of wimpy leaders like Chuck Hagel who, instead of doing what's right, prefer to do what's easy and what's popular.

Makes me sick.

1 comment:

Exile said...

Russia has been fighting in Chechnya for the better part of a decade, "staying the course" as no nation in history except for perhaps the Holy Roman Empire as it sought to control the spread of Protestants who they would have earnestly dubbed "terrorists". My point here is not to equate "islamo-facists" (I think this is a good term and I thank tom friedman for it but I still feel the need to put it in quotes) with the protestants who fought the hapsburgs. My point is this:

there is a clear need to destroy global terrorism and if the way we are going about it is not working as well as it could be, we are IDIOTS if we refuse to change/adapt/admit mistakes so that we can DO THINGS BETTER in the future. If we were to keep pursuing the strategic approaches of the current administation we would be heading into a conflict the effectiveness of which would make Vietnam, Chechnya, and the Thirty Years War seem like the Six-Days War by comparison