Finally The End Is Insight

The Administration quietly announced that all US military personnel (save those assigned to the Embassy’s direct security) will pull out of Iraq on schedule at the end of the year.  For those conservatives concerned with Middle East affairs this announcement was probably a disappointment.  For those ashamed and disgusted with America’s folly of invading and occupying a sovereign country to no avail, it represented a sigh of relief.

The motivation to invade and occupy Iraq was hatched in the 1990’s.  This was not a government plan but the work of neoconservatives.  (read PNAC)  And look who the signers were: Elliott Abrams, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes, Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle, Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz, Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen, Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, and Paul Wolfowitz. 

Iraq has demonstrated once again that American military might can accomplish its battle field goals while not coming close to achieving its foreign affairs objectives.

As the door creaks slowly to the closed position, astonishingly, the Administration would have kept 3-6,000 troops in Iraq had the Iraqi government been willing to grant immunity from Iraqi courts for those stationed there.  In the end it was no immunity, no troops.

American force, no matter how well intentioned, must recognize that there are limits to what it can achieve.  The “New American Century” that the PNAC group envisioned will, instead, be lead by an America strong within itself.  We must remain strong enough to defend America but invading other lands should be seen now as counterproductive.  We need to turn our focus to fixing Congress, getting the  budget right, and returning fairness to the rules governing the distribution of wealth.

Look around at who would or could lead the world.  No one jumps out and they all have their problems.  If the US just dealt with fixing up what has gone astray at home, others would follow thankfully our lead.

The PNAC crowd just went the wrong way.

Explore posts in the same categories: Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Iraq War, Middle East, Neoconservatives, Paul Wolfowitz, Politics, Republican Party


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