Lieberman Watch: In this Washington Post opinion column, Senator Lieberman reiterates his call for more troops on the ground in Iraq. He makes a very lucid and pursuasive case for increasing troop levels.
And he's completely wrong.
We already won the war (Saddam was deposed; we confirmed there are no WMDs), but we're losing the peace. There is simply NO WAY any foreign military force is going to successfully police a nation of 27,000,000 when they don't want us there.
That's what Lieberman refuses to understand.
And every day he fails to see the obvious truth, more Americans die.
...While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States. Iraq is the most deadly battlefield on which that conflict is being fought. How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001.Here's another pathetic, grasping attempt to link the mess we created in Iraq to 9/11. Joe, wake up! The 9/11 terrorists had no connection to Iraq.
This bloodshed, moreover, is not the inevitable product of ancient hatreds.No, that's exactly what it is.
Iraq is a nation made up of three distinct and separate ethnic/religious populations. Much like Yugoslavia, when the unifying yet brutal regime of Tito ended, the region immediately descended into ethnic chaos and hatred.
This is exactly what is happening in Iraq now that Saddam Hussein is gone. We simply traded a brutal regime for brutal anarchy. It's too late to remedy that situation. If we try, we'll only waste more American lives and billions of dollars, and succeed only in making the Middle East a more dangerous place.
This is what Joe Lieberman refuses to acknowledge. He's perfectly willing to sacrifice those American lives and resources simply to avoid admitting he was wrong.
Funny how none of his family is in the military. Why are the biggest chickenhawks usually the biggest cowards?
(h/t to ifthethunderdontgetcha)