Poor Jessica! She writes an endless rant, incoherent when not illiterate, about how we have to stay the course in Iraq ("not a bad phrase, nor has it ever been. It means we finish the job. We must."), replete with words of wisdom like this:
In fact, I still believe that, in the long haul, our endeavors in Iraq may radically change the Middle East for the better. If, decades from now, Iraq is a stable Democracy, this war will be judged much more kindly by history than the media judge it now. I do not believe that Iraq under Saddam was a better place. I do believe that the people of Iraq, like all humankind, deserve a chance to be free. Revolution is not easy.
Or this exhibition of her geopolitical science:
And, no, al-Qaeda is not in Iraq because the war is "creating more terrorists". Al-Qaeda sees Iraq as a symbol. For that matter, Iran and Syria do too. Al-Qaeda would be confronting us on another front if not here. It amazes me that Democrats think Bush has made terrorists want to kill us more. Where have they been?
And then what happens?
George Bush sees a high-profile meeting with Iraqi
figurehead prime minister Maliki into a breakfast meeting. Was it because of the leaked memo stating Bush had zero confidence in Maliki? Was it because members of the Iraqi government loyal to al-Sadr have pulled out of the guv in protest of the meeting? Or was it a heady combination of both?
In her latest Iraq screed, Jessica wrote this, in reference to Bush and Iraq:
I worry that President Bush will lose his center on this one, like he did when he pressured Israel to back down against Hezbollah.
Jessica: I'm not sure what you mean by Bush's "center." (And I won't even go into your analogy except to say Israel didn't "back down;" they pulled out in face of unacceptable casualties. In other words: they lost.)
But here's the deal: Iraq is more than a rhetorical game that plays out in Washington or on talk radio. It's a hot, dusty, violent place where people are being ripped apart in a vicious civil war. Some of those are our men and women. And they cannot control the outcome of that civil war -- even if we throw another 20,000 into the meatgrinder.
Instead of worrying about Bush's center, worry about how many more men and women have to die for George Bush's delusion.