William F. Buckley Throws in the Towel
This is rather shocking. I don't know how I missed it, but apparently last week the esteemed Mr. Buckley wrote this Op-ed piece for RealClearPolitics.com arguing that we have lost the War in Iraq.
Buckley states his belief that the ancient animosities between the Shiites and Sunnis are simply unconstrainable by American military forces and that we should bail on the Iraqi experiment in order to save our larger foreign policy vision. As he puts it:
It is healthier for the disillusioned American to concede that in one theater in the Mideast, the postulates didn't work. The alternative would be to abandon the postulates. To do that would be to register a kind of philosophical despair. The killer insurgents are not entitled to blow up the shrine of American idealism.
Frankly, I disagree. I do not believe that all is lost in Iraq. There will certainly be some periods that are more difficult than others, but I believe that victory, stability, and democracy are still attainable goals in Iraq and throughout the greater Middle East. In fact, I recently received an e-mail from a friend in Iraq who informed me that the talk of "civil war" was exaggerated hooey. Granted that was before today's events, but even so my friend is not given to flights of fancy or even harboring any political agenda.
While I certainly don't think it's a bed of wine and roses, I'm also not ready to give up just yet. Not when we have so many brave men and women out there putting their lives on the line to ensure our success.