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The Iraq Fiasco

Saturday, October 22, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Iraq War

The outlines of the Iraq fiasco are becoming clear this morning even to the MSM, as this New York Times’ story makes clear.

The transcript of my Friday conversation with AEI’s Fred Kagan will be posted here later today, and while very much worth reading ti won’t begin to convey the mixed tone of resignation, weariness and worry in Kagan’s voice. So much good was accomplished for the people of Iraq but at such a terrible price that this sudden retreat is stunning to the people like the veterans who called yesterday and Kagan who, with a few others, helped craft the successful surge strategy which President Bush adopted.

What must Generals Petraeus and Odierno think, and with them the vast majority of the men and women who served in this long war?

Imagine if the U.S. and Great Britain had simply left Berlin three years after the Berlin Wall went up in 1961. How long could the city have withstood Soviet pressure, and what chance would there have been of 1989 ever arriving?

The would-be GOP nominees are right to blast this failure dressed up as a decision. The work they would take on in January 2013 grows more and more immense, but the alternative is unthinkable.

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