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For all the bad news coming out of Iraq, there’s some good news – the National Guard medivac unit from Lincoln is home from their 17 1/2 month tour. All 90 individuals appear to be well and happy. It made me feel good to see them come back in one piece.
On top of yesterday’s link to the Army Secretary speaking out against the Administration’s recommendations for the surge, the Joint Chiefs are now requesting that the military be reduced by 50% in Iraq by next summer. Despite all the talk about “listening,” the Administration is chosing to ignore everyone who has an opposing view – even their own political party. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the President an elected official who is supposed to represent the majority?
Normally, I dislike the Washington Post editorials, but this one op-ed actually gets a lot of things correct. As already pointed out by other writers, the reason why the Administration cannot listen to reason on Iraq is because they have everything to lose if we don’t obtain some sort of tangible “victory” in the Middle East. The fallacy is that Americans believe they can convert or pressure the Middle East into thinking like Americans. It is doubtful that will ever happen, and that you can just get rid of Islam tomorrow with enough guns and bombs.