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 Post subject: How to end the war
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:18 pm 
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How to end the war

The war is lost

The politicians in Washington, whether they support the war or oppose it, do not want to end it at all costs, however. Those who pass legislation calling for a fixed timetable for withdrawing American troops do so secure in the knowledge that it will never be enacted. They would not pass a bill that would actually take effect because they are not about to remove the Iraqi albatross from around President Bush's neck and hang it around their own.

Those political leaders who say they support the war know it is lost, but cannot admit it. Their constituents cannot accept the idea of defeat. What has been won, how or why does not matter. In the Vince Lombardi school of international relations, winning is the only thing. So, for them, there is no accepting any outcome called defeat even though invading Iraq has not made us safer and debilitates us more every day. Instead they have to stay the course hoping something they can call victory will miraculously appear.

And so the conflict continues, but it doesn't have to, at least for the Americans. While Iraqis will fight and die for some time to come, the Americans can withdraw now.


Chaos in the region

At one point not so long ago, the war was sold to the voters with the claim that creating a democracy in Iraq would be easy and would spread across the region. Now the excuse for having to stay is that the chaos in Iraq will engulf the region. Both these variations of the domino theory are wrong, and the damage we are doing to our national security by staying is far greater than we would do by getting out.

To make our exit all we really need to do is select a date to celebrate our victory in Iraq. Opponents of the war will not have to worry about assuming responsibility for the war or any impact on the verdict of history. President Bush is sure that historians 50 years from now will look back on him as a visionary leader. With $500 billion squandered already and more than that yet to be spent repairing the damage to our armed forces, the true cost of Mr. Bush's trillion-dollar disaster will escape no historian.


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