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  •  In For A Penny, In For A Pound (9+ / 0-)

    If they authorize the use of force, I don't think either the President or Congress will be able to turn back. In fact, I think that's what McCain sort of knows in pushing for as much as he can get out of this resolution. The more we get drawn into this, the harder it becomes to just say "Oh well, that didn't work out. Let's just get our stuff and go home."

    I believe that when he was couseling Lyndon Johnson in the mid-60s about Vietnam, Clark Clifford opposed an expansion & told him to get out. However, after President Johnson ordered more troops to southeast Asia & got bogged down, Clifford opposed an immediate withdrawal on the basis that once we've committed to the situation, we couldn't just leave without a loss of face.

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