All The Wrong Post-Election Moves
While Mark Steyn sees the US election debalce as indication of the US as a sufferer of ADHD that was correctly assessed by Al Qaeda, the solution has always been “small lean efficient government at home and muscular assertiveness abroad.”
Daniel Pipes holds that the goal should have been less ambitious (and unfortunately remains so):
Had the U.S.-led coalition pitched its ambitions lower, aspiring only to a decent government and economy while working much more slowly toward democracy, Iraq’s progress over the past four years would be more apparent. The occupying forces should have sponsored a democratically minded strongmanto secure the country and eventually move it toward an open political process…The basic coalition message to Iraqis should have been: You are adults, here is your country back, good luck.
Richard Miniter sees replacing Rumsfeld with a realpolitick steward like Robert Gtaes bodes real disaster and even worse would be the replacement of our Iraq ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad:
His rumored replacement is Ryan Crocker, a State Department lifer now serving as ambassador to Pakistan. On his watch, Pakistan made a series of peace agreements with the Taliban and al Qaeda, essentially offering them safe haven to launch attacks on American and allied forces in Afghanistan. He also stood by as Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf released some 2,500 al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners this year. Will he smile on similar deals with terrorists in Iraq?
Giving into the tired drumbeat of the Left and the MSM is not going to improve our security. Will we discover this too late?