Posted: 08/26/07 13:23
by Dave Mindeman
During the discussion about Senator Warner's call for a message of some troop withdrawal by Christmas, Senator Cornyn of Texas said this:
Senator Warner is a great patriot and a student of history, and he's clearly sending a signal to the Iraqis that our patience is not unlimited, and that's correct," said Cornyn, a fellow member of Senate Armed Services Committee. "But I don't think it's in our best interest to put so much pressure on the new Iraqi government that it absolutely collapses."
Frankly, I would contend just the opposite. It IS in our best interest for the Al-Maliki government to collapse. The Iraq government is paralyzed and it would seem that no amount of "surging" is going to move the obstacles..... because Al-Maliki, himself, is the main example.
One of the areas that Bush keeps talking about as a "success" story, is in Al-Anbar province. This is where US forces and the Sunni tribal sheiks have reached an alliance. Yet, Al-Maliki responded to that with alarm rather than support. It is becoming clear that Al-Maliki is attempting to move his government into Shia dominated coercion rather than unification. If US forces are propping up such a government, then we are spinning our wheels and can never leave.
Senator Warner is right. Start moving troops out now. Al-Maliki must adapt or his government will fall. Either way, at least there will be movement.