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January 9, 2007

Poop, or get off the pooper

Ed Koch wrote a great piece that bears some mention on my blog. As this Iraq war drags on, and with 11 already dead this year, the surge of troops in Iraq (an extra 20,000) is a hot issue in Congress. I still stand by my post made earlier and we should give the Iraqi people no more than 6 months to figure out what they want to do. Koch takes the same approach sans troop surge. Here are some highlights.

I have supported the war in Iraq and believe that based on the information available to the president in 2003, he was right at the time of the invasion. However, now that we know the CIA information concerning WMD was totally wrong, it is folly to continue remaining in Iraq to prop up a government not supported by major sectors of the country now involved in a civil war of immense proportions, and unwilling to date to do what the U.S. government has heretofore demanded to bring equity and peace to Iraq.

The cruelty of the Iraqi military forces under Saddam Hussein before the U.S. invaded has not dissipated. It is evident every day in the execution-style killings taking place in Baghdad where Sunni and Shia neighborhood militias confront one another as they do throughout the nation. It is the height of folly to believe that we are obliged to prevent or settle the ongoing civil war or that we in fact could under any circumstances bring it to an end.

If they [Iraq] won't or can't do it now, they never will be capable of saving their country, and we can't save it.

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