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From Bill Kristol’s editorial in The Weekly Standard:

And how about Sen. Obama on the Today show? “We’re not going to babysit a civil war.” To serious people that sounds juvenile. To most of his colleagues, it’s a good soundbite.

In an interview this week, Kristol relayed this conversation:

Fred Kagan, who’s developed this plan with General Kean, which has become something, I think, of the basis or the spur, let’s say, to the Bush administration’s rethinking of force levels. He briefed a Democratic Senator at his request today. I probably shouldn’t say who, but you know, a man who’s a serious guy, who was trying to get his head around what was happening, and he said “I just can’t go for this increase in forces. It’s been such a frustrating three years. I don’t have confidence in the Bush administration. And I just don’t think I can support it.”

 And so Fred said, “Well, what’s going to happen then?”

” Well, I think we’re in very bad shape.”

“What’s going to happen? We should probably have to get out.”

“What’s going to happen if we get out? Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis could get killed. Are you willing to say that there’s so little chance that we can still prevail in Iraq that we’re just going to wash our hands of the ethnic cleansing and the genocide that could well happen in Iraq? Let’s even leave aside our broader strategic interest in the Middle East? Or what will happen elsewhere in the world?”

 And Fred said the Senator was a little bit taken aback by this, but the “taken abackness” probably didn’t last more than ten or fifteen minutes.

Robert Kaplan, who has spent considerable time in Iraq and the region as well as with the U.S. military the world over, wrote in October of last year of the danger of genocide in the wake of a sudden withdrawal from Iraq, and for those uninterested in the humanitarian mission in Iraq, there is the obvious peril posed by either or both a radical Sunni or a radical Shia state, either of which would be a base for assaults on the countries in the region and of course the U.S.  Having removed one threat to America in toppling Saddam’s regime, we cannot simply declare indifference to its successor regime, especially when as Michael Yon points out, the progress of the Iraq Army is real and sustained.

Expect the appeasement media to spend the weekend rounding up the usual suspects to denounce the idea of victory and to peddle the view that there is nothing to be done.

There is much to be done, and not just in Iraq, but against those funneling arms and fighters into Iraq with the intention of killing Americans and Iraqis. 


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