also useful for gasbag adults
J Pod has an absolutely brilliant piece in today’s New York Post, in which he purports to tell “The Truth on Iraq.” His visionary truth is this: Critics who say there was no plan for Iraq are wrong. There was a plan. It just wasn’t a military plan. According to Podhoretz, the necessary new plan?
Kill as many bad guys as we can, with as many troops as we can muster.
If this is unrealistic, then Iraq is lost.
If we can’t win, then we lose.
Political change doesn’t win wars. That’s what we’ve learned, painfully and horribly. Only winning wars wins wars.
I’ll pause while a chill runs down your spine.
No one seems to be very interested lately in revisiting the manner in which we came to be involved in this current war. The lies. The deceit. The careful manipulation of the American public and their elected leaders by the current White House administration. The sense is that it’s old news and not conducive to discussions of how to deal with the mess in Iraq right now.
We arrived at our current position in Iraq as result of falsehoods, trumped-up and unsubstantiated threats and base hubris on the part of President Bush and his advisors. Under those pretenses, what we have done is Iraq is not only illegal, it is immoral.
J Pod thinks that the only way to get ourselves free of this entanglement is to “kill as many bad guys as we can,” a position springing from the mindset of a ten year old boy. In the real world, the strategies of boyhood war games are far too dangerous to apply to the lives of real men, women and children.
The necessary step to getting ourselves out of Iraq will be to admit to the moral failure that put us there in the first place, and ask the Iraqi people to join us in rebuilding their society and culture. Adults who make mistakes acknowledge them and ask their victims for forgiveness.
Children just keep lining up their toy soldiers to kill more imaginary bad guys.