Notwithstanding endless hectoring from Rich and his fellows on the fringe, there is only one man whose views about Iraq will really matter for the next three and a half years. His name is George W. Bush, and he isn’t going to cut and run. Nor can Rich and his ilk significantly impede the efforts of America’s armed forces. In the medium and long term, what happens in Iraq is up to the Iraqis. It is certainly possible that they might forfeit what the Bush administration and America’s armed forces have given them: a chance at freedom and the opportunity to live in peace with their neighbors. But if the Iraqis fail, it won’t be because liberals stampeded the United States into abandoning them.
I am a liberal as is Howard Dean. Mr. Rich’s article pointed out what Mr. Dean suspected three years ago – the jingoism to invade Iraq was based on Administration lies – and the eventual decision on 3/19/2003 made us more vulnerable to Al Qaeda over the long-run.
But let me reassure this wingnut that I am not in favor of cut and run. But the Administration is signaling that they might be. If Bush is true to form and takes the politically expedient course, I’ll be the ranch that this particular wingnut will find someone to excuse Bush the Cowardly Lion. Of course, these wingnuts treat war as their own pathetic partisan game – especially since they are not over in Iraq risking their lives to bail out the mistakes that these wingnuts begged for.