Tuesday, 23 August 2005

Hagel Huh?

Chuck Hagel, Senator, Nebraska-D:

“We should start figuring out how we get out of there,” Hagel said on “This Week” on ABC. “But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur.”

Follow the good Senator’s logic with us:

  1. The U.S. toppling of the Hussein government in Iraq, and construction of a democratic republic in same, destabilizes the Middle East. (Funny, we thought the fact that a mad dictator known to have invaded his neighbors and gas his own people would have contributed to the already destabilized Middle East.)
  2. A continued U.S. presence in Iraq destabilizes the Middle East.
  3. If the U.S. pulls out, there will be destabilization in the Middle East.

So according to the good Senator from Nebraska—who cannot be questioned because he has “absolute moral authority” as a Purple Heart-receiving Vietnam veteran—we’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t, so we may as well damn millions of other people while we’re at it.

What the hell is wrong with people like Senator Hagel, that they wish to condemn millions of people to (a) the constant worry that the dictator’s secret police will whisk them off to a torture room (Saddam’s Iraq), or (b) sudden U.S. withdrawal will plunge them in to a hard-line Islamofascist government (Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Iran)?

The arguments over whether or not we should have gone in to Iraq are over, people. It’s done. There is no time machine, we can’t go back and change it. (And if we could, would you really? Can you honestly say the Iraqis are worse off now than under Saddam?)

It would be nice to bring most of the troops home. (Note, I did not say “all”. We should always maintain a presence in Iraq as we move in to the future.) However, we can not wholly withdraw overnight and allow the fledgling Iraqi republic to implode. The future of the United States is, for good or ill, now tied to the future of Iraq, and for the sons and daughters of both nations, we owe the Iraqis our continued support.

[Prompted and inspired by today’s Best of the Web.]

posted on August 23, 2005 9:44 PM

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