In Charles Krauthammer’s latest article and desideratum, he made some cogent points about the gulf that exists between Obama’s rhetoric and his application and acceptance of the Bush – Cheney view of the war against terror. My worry lies on this self imposed and self fulfilled view we put forward on the success of Iraq. Declaring “almost a success or won” seems to be another gulf. This time, between the future of Iraq and our collective optimistic view, juxtaposed next to, the reality of the future and the collective pessimism of pragmatism. The truth is no one really knows what is going to happen to Iraq until we remove the one hundred and fifty thousand troops in their neighborhoods. Even wife beaters stop beating their wives when the cops are on the porch. This simply analogy is apropos, if not perfect. Declaring like Krauthammer did that Bush got it right seems a little premature even if it looks like that today.
Bill Mars analogy about the wife beaters seems more based in reality than this trenchant stretch that Bush got it right. I hope Bush got it right. However, we have seen that in free elections, some of these people in that part of the world, vote in terrorist groups and extremist of all types, i.e., Gaza and Lebanon. No one wants to see our efforts in that part of the world fail or wish for the worst. Which is why we must be very careful on declaring that this is just about a done deal. Maybe one day, the Iraqis can declare that their wings were clipped in the shadow of malice and they grew once again while they returned to their palace.