The Liberal Avenger has posted a very hypothetical question on his (their) website. Guessing that our readers are more probably conservative than liberal, I’m asking you to ignore the incendiary verbiage and concentrate on the hypothetical question: if we somehow knew that the war in Iraq was a hopeless cause, what ought we to do?
Letâ€™s suppose, for the sake of argument only, that we liberals were right about the war – that we were misled, that weâ€™ve made life worse for Iraqis than under Saddam, that weâ€™ve created more terrorism/terrorists and that weâ€™ll never â€œwinâ€ there. In this imagination exercise we must imagine that in spite of us liberals being right the Bush Administration is too proud/ dumb/ stubborn/ messianic to accept the fact that Iraq has become a catastrophe and for whatever reason wonâ€™t budge from the â€œstay the courseâ€ strategy theyâ€™ve taken all along – regardless of the fact that 3+ American soldiers continue to be killed there every day and the entire enterprise costs us $7 billion per month. The Iraq misadventure is like a runaway train that will eventually derail in a high-speed, disastrous explosion.
If this were to be the case, what do you wingnuts thing that we liberals should do?
Now this is old territory between us and (BedRockTruth) here. I donâ€™t want to put words in BRTâ€™s mouth, so feel free to correct me if Iâ€™m wrong, Sir, but my impression is that your position is basically â€œMy Country Right or Wrongâ€ and that we liberals should shut up, regardless.
The Avenger has put this question in a form which assumes that the Bush Administration would never change course, because, the assumption is, that President Bush would not accept the notion that he was wrong and the war could not be won.
So, ignoring the Avenger’s verbiage, if you became convinced that the war was not only unwinable, but would cause both the United States and Iraq greater harm the longer we continued to try to win it, what would you suggest should be done?