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Clear message

November 21, 2006

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To the editor:

The Journal-World editorial "Paper tiger?" (Nov. 16) shows that the writer does not understand the clear message of voters in the recent midterm election: that the Bush administration's policy in Iraq has failed and needs to be changed.

Even President Bush seemed to get the message, firing Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld - the chief architect of Iraq War policy - the day after the election.

By all accounts, Bush is keen, too, to hear from the Iraq Study Group, who will soon recommend new approaches to a war that has, in so many ways, gone terribly wrong.

"Stay the course" is no longer the way to go, and the Journal-World writer should acknowledge this rather than take potshots at Democrats who are at the very least looking for a better way to go.

Brian Daldorph,

Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 9 months ago

James Baker III fired Rumsfeld not Bush. Baker wants the 2008 White House.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

"Let's go big and do it right."

Translation: let's kill another 3,000 Americans, 600,000 Iraqis, and spend another $2 trillion so we can be in exactly the same place in Jan 2009 that we are right now.

werekoala 8 years, 9 months ago

"go big and do it right" - should have done that the first time around. Rumsfeld and Bush could fark up a fingerpainting.

But the hell of it is - this is the only option that would allow us "victory" in the sense of a single, sovereign, and relatively democratic Iraq. - More than twice as many troops, to provide security. And more than twice as much money, to fund all the things like schools, etc that haven't yet happened. And actually hiring competent, honest, contractors. And tough audits for fraud and abuse.

I like it, but no way in hell is it going to happen. The American people don't have it in them to go to the well once more, and the Bush Admin doesn't have it in them to select competent, non-ideologically-driven people to run their programs.

So it didn't have to be this way, but because of the resounding incomeptency of the Bush Administration, the day we invaded Iraq was the single biggest gift to Syria and Iran in the last 20 years.

craigers 8 years, 9 months ago

Heaven forbid people in decision making positions be ideologically driven. I think people don't mind ideologically driven, as long as the ideology agrees with their own.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 9 months ago

"Nuke it."

Should we increase the number of US troops there before we nuke it?

werekoala 8 years, 9 months ago

craigers:

Yes, heaven forbid. I don't want you to agree with me, I want you to get results. Because while sure, every goal that a nation sets is based on some ideology, an insistence on only using methods and persons who are ideologically pure, at the expense of better, but more pragmatic methods and personnel is asinine.

http://ignoranting.blogspot.com/2006/09/killer-cronyism-iii-1000s-of-american.html

here's an excellent post on the subject. It's a blog, and I don't expect you to listen to the poster, but the links he provides are as free of bias as anything you could hope for in this mess. And they point out the truth - throughout the whole post-war fiasco, when given a choice between a person with a track record of sucess, and a person who was body mind and soul a Bush supporter, the Bush supporter got the job.

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