Skip to main content

Yesterday, Dubya gave his "stay the course" speech for the nth time.  Dem respondents gave great critiques, but continue to parrot the "we must succeed" line.

The (non-partisan) line should be: "IRAQ must succeed."

But in the meantime, the left needs to grab it.

Right now, our troops (and contractors) are the ones primarily fighting and dying in Iraq, but that doesn't mean that the only way for Iraq to succeed as a stable country is for US to succeed.

We really can't afford to buy in to this us-or-them, or us-and-no-one-else type thinking.  It's worse than unproductive, it's harmful, constraining, and wrong. There are other options.

Juan Cole has been working out his "UN option".  That may or may not be the answer, but we should be talking about this and other ideas.

If we can withdraw AND Iraq can become stable, I call that a win even if U.S. forces don't secure a capitulation treaty from Iraqi insurgents or terrorists of whomever the frig we are fighting over there!

Of course this administration won't do it.  Of course they want the U.S. to stay there and keep those 14 permanent military bases fully taffed.

but when we emphasize that Iraq needs to succeed and offer ideas that they will reject, it will be more clear that the Right won't sacrifice their Iraqi bases for a stable Iraq;  they won't sacrifice a perceived U.S. military "win" for a stable Iraq.

Originally posted to bribri on Wed Jun 29, 2005 at 01:16 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site