Jewish World Review June 25, 2014 / 27 Sivan, 5774
A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq
By Jonah Goldberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem.
Case in point: There's a near-riot in liberal circles over the very idea that supporters of the Iraq War should even be allowed to criticize the president's handling of the current
Some go even further. Katrina vanden Heuvel asks in the
I'm always curious what agency in a free society is in charge of enforcing prohibitions on such things.
Given the tendency for nearly everyone to get things wrong over time, this is a dangerous game.
Fallows made a name for himself in the 1980s and '90s championing the notion that
And there are all of the Democratic politicians who supported the
Moreover, most of the "shut up!" chorus, not to mention Obama, were all opposed to the "surge," arguing that it couldn't work. It did, saving America from a humiliating defeat.
My point here isn't simply to offer a tu quoque argument (rough translation: "You do it too, nyah nyah!"). In truth, I hardly blame opponents of the war for their umbrage. I supported the war, and I still think the arguments in favor at the time were superior to the arguments against. Alas, the facts on the ground didn't care about the arguments.
I long ago conceded that the war was a mistake, but I also didn't think it had to stay one. The future has the ability to change the past. If postwar
What so offended me about Obama's approach to postwar
If someone has a dagger in his chest, the solution isn't necessarily to pull out the dagger immediately. Obama barely tried to negotiate a mutually acceptable status of forces agreement with
As a result, he's now being forced to pick it up. I can only hope he does a good job.
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