November 29, 2006
THE EXAMINER EDITORIALIZES:
President Bush was right to declare yesterday in Latvia that he will not withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq until the â€œmission is completeâ€ because â€œwe can accept nothing less than victory for our children and our grandchildren.â€ It appears Bushâ€™s characteristic Texas stubbornness is the only thing standing between victory and the U.S. defeat that has all but been proclaimed by Washingtonâ€™s foreign policy establishment and its friends in the mainstream media like â€œ60 Minutesâ€ reporter Lara Logan. She insisted in her weekend interview with Gen. John Abizaid that â€œmanaging the defeatâ€ is Americaâ€™s only option.
It is to be hoped that Bushâ€™s main target with yesterdayâ€™s declaration was his fatherâ€™s former Secretary of State, James Baker, head of the soon-to-be-sainted Iraq Study Group. The ISG is widely reported to be preparing a recommendation that Bush seek the aid of Iran and Syria in resolving the war in Iraq. Iran and Syria may be U.S. opponents, but they have a common interest with us in establishing a stable regime in Baghdad, we are told by the Foggy Bottom Realpolitikers and the media experts for whom NBCâ€™s decision to call it a civil war represents a â€œCronkite Moment.â€
Such advice is worse than wrong-headed, it is a denial of reality. Iran and Syria have one primary interest â€” U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and ultimately out of the entire Middle East.
Read the whole thing. And note this observation, too: “There is another crucially important denial of reality akin to the ‘managing defeat’ syndrome. Evidence is rapidly accumulating that major Western media organizations are being had on a daily basis by the propaganda efforts of the Jihadist insurgency.” What’s worse is that they don’t seem to mind.
UPDATE: “The Iraq War: ‘Proxy,’ not ‘Civil.'” Yes, and they’re the proxies of Iran and Syria. These people are not our friends.