Thursday, June 24, 2004

Reading the editorial comments on BBC

This one about sums it up:

The people of Iraq are much more optimistic about their future under democracy than the armchair politicians on this forum. That is more telling of impending success than anything else.
-- Aaron, Munich, Germany

This seems to jive with what I hear from the actual Iraqi's I've talked to.

Something's been bugging me about all this for a long time, and I think reading today's comments cemented what it is. It appears to be more important to the Left how wrong Bush was than what positive steps can and are being taken to make the best out of the currrent situation. It is pretty obvious that no matter what Bush does in the eyes of these people it will be wrong.

Whether it's "pull out now" (give the Iraqi's their soveriegnty) or "don't pull out now" (you'll leave the country in chaos). Elections now, or elections later? No win there. There is absolutely nothing Bush can do to appease the critics who say that the US will install a puppet government short of turning the whole thing over to the laughable UN -- and I don't even think that would work since the only country with grit and commitment enough to do any kind of security there for the UN is the US. Besides, if the US turned the whole thing over to the UN, the criticism would be that the US wouldn't take the responsibility for the "mess" it created.

I have one question for you... who ever said this wouldn't be messy?

I'll say it again. There is nothing Bush can do to appease these people. Any action he takes will be spun into a political argument against him. And there you have the nature of the beast.

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