Sunday, December 18, 2005
The President's Speech
What will victory look like? Who are we fighting? Where do they come from and how many of them are there?
Practically speaking, a forced withdrawal of American troops on a rigid timetable is a bad idea. From the political standpoint, war opponents in Congress do not have many other avenues of protest available.
The President is right that a sudden withdrawal would betray local allies, send a message that the USA does not keep its' word, and turn the country over to the wrong element. That sad ending seems to be exactly where we are heading.
Many of the people in South Vietnam loved us dearly and we won most of the battles. Still, we badly underestimated the enemy's willingness to fight.
And, Lyndon Johnson used to say EXACTLY the same stuff about how ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) was going to take over the fighting soon. We all know how that ended.
I am dismayed for our men and women serving in Iraq and I wish them every bit of good luck.
According to the Constitution, making war is a political decision. It is left exclusively to Congress. While the administration used poor judgment getting us into this mess, Congress will pull the plug, sooner if not later.
President Bush has bad advisors. He should have learned b now that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
I wish it were otherwise.
Also, I do have a new campaign blog up at votepritt.blogspot.com.
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