'Cuz, see, now, no matter what the Dems do, Republicans will claim this dead-born ill-planned fiasco foul-up of a war that's going to go lousy no matter what "would have turned out okay if..."
- if the Dems hasn't pulled out
- if the Dems hadn't stayed the course
- if the Dems hadn't done whatever-it-is-the-Dems-are-actually-gonna-do.
If there weren't soldiers' lives at stake, our financial future at risk, and our world standing to be concerned with, I'd reccommend "Operation Doormat" for the Dems and just rubber-stamp whatever Bush planned to do and let him own it. Only that wouldn't work, either, 'cuz the critics would claim "the Dems should've opposed him! It's their fault!" yadda-yadda-whateverthehellelseyawannaputinthere.
It's no wonder Rush Limbaugh feels liberated - not only does he not have to "carry water" (that's called "lying" if you or I do it) anymore, there's a way to trump up an "out" for a big ol' painted-in corner.
So, no matter what, that's one thing.
Pulling out completely and quickly isn't something I'd support. I would say it would destabilize the region, but the region's already destabilized. The Sunnis and the Shiites have quite the lil' Gaza Striptease goin', and that's not going to stop. If we pulled out, they'd have to take care of things real quick, which eventually is what it's going to take, anyway - it'd be sink-or-swim time.
But, we don't want 'em to sink. We'd feel bad... and rightfully so. So, that's not a very good option. We could send more troops in, but a lot of what we'd be killing at this point wouldn't be terrorists - it'd be Iraqi citizens who think they need to fight us as some kind of "insurgency"... and more troops would make them feel more justified in feeling that way, and would mean trouble down the line. And, even with more troops in, eventually they'd have to leave someday and Iraq would have to stand on its own two feet, and we're back at sink or swim... and, if they sank, we'd feel bad, etc.
What I'm thinking we should maybe try to do is pull out of the really bad areas and put our troops in some of the areas that aren't in total chaos, so we can maintain stability where stability is, and see what happens in the areas where stability isn't. Maybe things will settle down without our influence. We could watch and see. If it just got worse and worse, we could always send the troops back in, kill everybody, or whatever needed doing.
Whatever the case may be, the guy who pushed the snowball off the top of the hill now gets to tee-hee and claim his hands are clean...
Mark: Links please.