Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Price Paid by Others

I missed an important Aug.14 post from Alaa of the Mesopotamian that has shaken me up a little. He has rendered an eloquent cri de coeur that all Americans should read. I don't know what set him off (maybe something like this), but he is worried now about our reliability as allies. His latest post delineates the likely consequences of a precipitous US pullout. Commenters did not seem to understand quite what he was saying.

8/24/2005 11:44 PM

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At Thursday, August 25, 2005 3:27:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

Sadly, we have a history of late of being allies when we feel like it and for short hauls. We do not seem to have the staying power to finish the long road

At Thursday, August 25, 2005 8:34:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

I cannot believe we will do it again. If things don't clear up by the end of Bush's term, who will push a platform of cut-and-run? Hillary won't. Dean is unelectable. No Republican would.

At Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:04:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

JJ, in 67, would you have believed Nixon would have led the departure from Viet Nam? I wouldn't have

At Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:37:00 AM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Vietnam, Lebanon, Mogadishu. We seem to be averse to winning, no matter how many end up suffering. Maybe we should add Rwanda too, but we did the right thing in Kuwait, Bosnia (sort of), and Kosovo. This president, for all his faults, understands the nature of the war we are fighting. I can't believe he will back down for any reason. It's the next president we have to worry about. And the American People need to be educated as to the stakes in Iraq and the GWOT generally.

BTW, Hillary won't back down either but she might not get nominated.


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