Rick over at The Real Ugly American asks the question: so what exactly are the alternatives in Iraq? I have repeatedly pointed out that a precipitous withdrawal would ignite a bloodbath. Are those calling for a pullout willing to bear responsibility for what follows? So what are the alternatives?
Very interesting how unwittingly Peter Baker admits that he and his fellow objective journalists have twisted George Bush’s meaning of Stay the Course to represent “steely resolve” into “a symbol of being out of touch”. Baker and his colleagues knew full well what George Bush meant when he repeated the phrase over and over again. No matter what Baker or anyone else said or wrote as long as George Bush remains President we are not leaving Iraq until they have a stable democracy capable of governing and defending themselves.
But let’s not get hung up on another bias journalist tack. We can come back to that angle tomorrow or the next day or the next. What I would like to talk about is what exactly are the alternatives to stay the course?
We could send more troops. Any Democrats or journalists for that?
We could change our rules of engagement where far more bullets are flying, resulting in far more Iraqi civilian casualties and far fewer American ones. Any Democrats for that? how about Peter Baker?
By the way at this point I would support either change in policy. The sad fact is the Iraqis; at least a significant minority of them, the ones who count, the ones who are willing to fight and die for something have decided that they would rather fight and die for sectarian reasons or pure greed, oil revenues (sound familiar) and power rather than for democracy and safety for their families and fellow Iraqis.
The Iraqis who want those things to put it bluntly are not willing to fight for it. They are cowering in their homes or leaving Iraq to the militias, and Al Qaeda.
Go read it. Then ask the real question that the antiwar crowd dodges. What will happen? What are the alternatives? If the people who are calling for a precipitous withdrawal get their way, there will be blood on their hands. Not someone else's hands. Their hands.