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Will They Listen? February 26, 2007

Posted by BrewFan in Politics.
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Sen. Joseph Lieberman appeals for reason in this excellent piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. One of many excellent points he makes is:

Many of the worst errors in Iraq arose precisely because the Bush administration best-cased what would happen after Saddam was overthrown. Now many opponents of the war are making the very same best-case mistake–assuming we can pull back in the midst of a critical battle with impunity, even arguing that our retreat will reduce the terrorism and sectarian violence in Iraq.

So, will they listen? I’m not optimistic. The career of Congress-person has developed into such a lucrative business that I’m afraid that too many of our elected Senators and Representatives place self-interest above all else.

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1. eddiebear - February 27, 2007

BrewFan:

I agree with your last point. The only Congresscritters willing to really speak their mind (for good or ill) are the ones in safe seats.

But as to Sen. Lieberman, he understands the threats and consequences of withdrawal, and one I have not heard much. Many of the consequences of withdrawal have been enumerated throughout the Internet for some time, but the Trust Factor has not been touched on as much. After Vietnam, where we left millions in SE Asia to die in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, we have told the Marsh Arabs, Kurds, Good Shia (those not tied to Iran and the victims of the 1991-92 suppression), Afghans, Good Lebanese and even Israel to trust us when we say we will help them. We told them to forget 1975, and that we won’t abandon them this time. If we bail again and leave the above to deal with the Bad Guys on their own, how could anybody believe us a third time, when we may need them down the road?

2. BrewFan - February 27, 2007

Good point, eddiebear. I just read the latest WP poll which claims most Americans are in favor of a deadline for pullout. My concern is exactly the one you express above. There is a consequence down the road for a country that does not keep its promises and its not a good one.


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