Monday, July 16, 2007

Webb for President?

Just a thought. I haven't actually seen the footage from Meet the Press yet, but The Anonymous Liberal has some great commentary on Senator James Webb's handling of Lindsay Graham and on how to address the BS about Iraq:
It is not at all surprising that Iranians are assisting Shia militants in Iraq. The Saudis are doing the same thing for Sunni militants. If there's a proxy war in Iraq, it's not between the U.S. and Iran, it's between Iran and Sunni Arab countries like Saudi Arabia. And we're caught in the middle. The primary fault line in Iraq is between the Sunnis and the Shia. Naturally, the countries that border Iraq, like Shia-dominated Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, have an interest in who eventually controls Iraq. This was an utterly predictable consequence of invading Iraq.
We are not at war with anyone in Iraq, really. The war was against the Iraqi armed forces and the Republican Guard, and that war ended in 2003. What we have had since then is an occupation, something very, very different from a war. There are no clear fronts and no distinct enemy armies to defeat. There are homegrown militias, insurgent groups, and a handful of foreign fighters with all sorts of agendas. To speak of "winning" and "victory" is quite simply childish. Occupations either end or they don't. Finally there is a Democrat with the cojones to stand up and speak some sense. Keep it coming, please.

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