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Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Case Against Withdrawal

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The United States cannot be in the business of military action without meaningfully accepting the responsibility of her actions. The Iraq Invasion was a disastrous blunder, a historical mistake that will tarnish America’s standing the world for the next generation, unless the United States successfully can stabilize the region and create a working state out of Iraq.

While increasing the number of troops is the least political popular decision, it is the right one. This author emplores Mr. Bush to pressure NATO allies, to deploy more US forces, and to finish the job that he began three years ago. The original war plan called for over 300,000 troops in the region, and the Bush Administration, notably Secretary Rumsfeld, scoffed. In hindsight, that number was far more realistic than the force deployed.

This is not a call for stubborn persistence against all odds, for Senator Kerry’s famous line rings true, for how do we indeed ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake? However, the real mistake would be allowing Iraq to descend into chaos and anarchy. There, of course, must be a line where the United States can sacrifice no longer, and can give no more, but that time has not come yet. This is the time to finish what we have begun, to dig in, and to persist against odds.

The war was the greatest mistake of the new century, and this author remains firmly and fully against the initial invasion, however we cannot shrink from our responsibility and we cannot allow the long-suffering Iraqi people to suffer yet again at the hands of American incompetence and American indifference. The United States can still, and must, prevail.

-E. Desiderius

Posted by George Gordon | Saturday, March 18, 2006 | E-mail this post

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