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“I was not living before the 9th of April and now I am, so let me speak!”

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Peter Galbraith takes to the pages of the New York Times to declare Iraq all but lost and in need of division or at least quasi-partition, thus peddling again an op-ed he has previously palced in the Boston Globe, the New York Review of Books, the Times of London, the Canadian Broadcast Company, NPR and in book form as well.

Galbraith, the Clinton Adminstration ambassador to Croatia from 1993 to 1998, has been making the case for breaking up Iraq since at least May of 2004. No series of elections, no slow but continual build up of the Iraqi military, no repeated declarations of Iraqi officials who do indeed brave assassination risk every day they go to work deters him from his mission.

The danger is, of course, that an America grown weary of the long war and the relentlessness of Islamist fanatics will accept the “lost cause” chant and withdraw, “over the horizon,” as Galbraith puts it, to Kurdistan, thus proving to every would be ally in the global war on terror that America is good for three years and six months –and absolutely no longer, even when its own casualty rate has dropped significantly.

Three things prevent the cut-up and run strategy from gaining momentum.

First, America has not been attacked at home since 9/11.However difficult the mission or awful the days events, the forward strategy in the war has prevented a recurrence of jihadists striking on our soil.

Second, the Iraqi government and military is not going to allow Americans to decide that the towel needs to be thrown in. 

Sgt. T.F. Boggs conducted a two-part interview with an Iraqi general, General Ali, in early July.  (Part 1 is here; part 2 here.) This bit of journalism –far more important to the future of Iraq than a dozen Galbraith recipes for a kitchen in which he does not eat– deserves wide dissemination and close reading.  All over Iraq there is rising a new generation of civilian and military leaders who are not going to allow the American left to dictate the loss of their country.

Most crucial, however, is the Iraqi democrat, best represented by this blogger, Ali, writing at Free Iraq:

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I wish it goes on and on.

As horrible as it may seem I do wish the war between Israel and Hezbollah goes on and on, that it spreads to involve Iran and Syria. I feel terrible for the losses among the innocents, Lebanese and Israeli, but I think that this is the only way for them, and us to finally have some peace.

The “anti-war


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