Monday, March 19, 2007

Bad Policies Beget Bad Spin

White House Press Flack Tony Snow: Troop withdrawal bill "victory for enemy."

Color me old-fashioned, but I think the enemy's "victory" in Iraq started with failed policy, not trying to remedy it. I read in my IR textbook that it is almost impossible for democracies to concede defeat in war. I'm not a politician, so I can say it: we've lost. It's a tragedy (for us but more so for the Iraqi people). It will stain our nation for decades to come. But if we're going to blame someone for our defeat, it's the administration that (after years of having a nearly complete free hand) failed to win the war, not the Congress which finally recognized we're losing it.

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