Posted previously at Grok Your World, by John Driscoll.
Washington Post: “Focusing on ‘Success’ in Iraq,” by Brent Scowcroft, January 16, 2006.
This is a placeholder post in the event that my colleague David Caploe should want to go into a little more detail and flesh things out a bit.
But the gist is that, once again, Grok Your World in general and David in particular have beaten the leading institutions of the mainstream media to the punch by a considerable margin.
In this instance, two months before the Washington Post (what journalism prof Jay Rosen has lauded as “the greatest newspaper in the land”) decided to publish this piece in which Brent Scowcroft argues that the US should turn over control of Iraq to the UN, NATO and other international organizations, Dave had written “‘Bring Them Home’ Is NOT the Right Approach for Iraq,” in which he makes not only the same points that Scowcroft makes but also the point that the Democrats have been way too compliant in giving Bush domestic political coverage for his real desire to pull out of Iraq as soon as the no-bid contracts are as made as solid as possible by the new government in Iraq.
And note that Scowcroft, like those of us at Grok Your World, has always been opposed to the war in Iraq but is also now concerned that the chaos and destabilization that we have brought to Iraq will spread to the rest of the Middle East (if it hasn’t already) if the US does not cede control of the political and military operations there to groups with more international legitimacy.