Rich: Tell Bush the War is Over

Frank Rich’s op-ed piece in the New York Times does a compelling job of tying together the various themes floating around these days: Someone tell the president the war is over. His conclusion:

WHAT lies ahead now in Iraq instead is not victory, which Mr. Bush has never clearly defined anyway, but an exit (or triage) strategy that may echo Johnson’s March 1968 plan for retreat from Vietnam: some kind of negotiations (in this case, with Sunni elements of the insurgency), followed by more inflated claims about the readiness of the local troops-in-training, whom we’ll then throw to the wolves. Such an outcome may lead to even greater disaster, but this administration long ago squandered the credibility needed to make the difficult case that more human and financial resources might prevent Iraq from continuing its descent into civil war and its devolution into jihad central.

Thus the president’s claim on Thursday that “no decision has been made yet” about withdrawing troops from Iraq can be taken exactly as seriously as the vice president’s preceding fantasy that the insurgency is in its “last throes.” The country has already made the decision for Mr. Bush. We’re outta there. Now comes the hard task of identifying the leaders who can pick up the pieces of the fiasco that has made us more vulnerable, not less, to the terrorists who struck us four years ago next month.

5 Responses to “Rich: Tell Bush the War is Over”

  1. ethan-p Says:

    …more vulnerable, not less, to the terrorists who struck us four years ago next month.

    I have nothing pertinent to add, except thanks for reminding me that the summer is pretty much over. Next time, please soften the blow by saying something like ‘…to the terrorists who struck us four years ago this September.’ or something.

  2. ymatt Says:

    Hey, us down here in Texas *wish* the summer was almost over.

  3. jbc Says:

    Are you practiciing with your shotgun? Can’t wait for dove-hunting season?

  4. ymatt Says:

    Yeah, I can’t wait to shoot me some DOVES. WINK WINK.

  5. jbc Says:

    Boy, I’m dense. I didn’t even get that connotation (dove=peacenik) in reading the stories about Bush’s neighbor with the shotgun until I read your comment just now.

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