February 17, 2007
On the Nose

Today’s Sweet Spot award goes to Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and thus, hopefully, a person of some relevance to the debate over the US presence in Iraq.

Supporters of the surge argue that the resolution opposing it “emboldens the enemy,” Levin said, “but that is an extraordinarily na´ve view of the enemy.”

“What emboldens the sectarian fighters is the inability of Iraqi leaders to make the political compromises so essential to finally reining in the Sunni insurgents and the Shia militias,” he said. “The enemy cares little what Congress says. It is emboldened by what the Iraqi leaders don’t do. The enemy isn’t emboldened by congressional debate. It is emboldened by open-ended occupation of a Muslim country by Western troops.

“The enemy is emboldened by years of blunders and bravado, false assumptions and wishful thinking, and ignorance of the history of the land being occupied. The enemy is emboldened by an administration which says it is changing course, which acknowledges that a political settlement by Iraqi leaders is essential to ending the violence, but then plunges us more deeply militarily into a sectarian witch’s brew.”

Sending in more U.S. troops, Levin said, “sends the false message that we can save the Iraqis from themselves.”


Posted by Chuck Dupree at February 17, 2007 07:22 PM
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Way to lay into the bastards, Carl. It's really heartening to see Dems like him and Rangel and Waxman and Reid and Pelosi, and many others, go on the attack now that they have possession of the big Wurlitzer -- majority status. I was afraid that their balls (sorry Nancy) had been atrophied by years of non-use.

Posted by: Duff Orben on February 17, 2007 7:45 PM

We are fighting an enemy and that enemy is ourselves.

Posted by: Buck on February 17, 2007 8:21 PM

Duff, I agree on both counts: it's good to see they still have some attack left in 'em, and I was afraid there wasn't any. We'll see.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on February 17, 2007 10:04 PM

Yes but part two of this line of thinking has to be to get the troops out. This is where I have problems with the anti-surge crowd. They don't seem to be moving on to part II of their response, in effect endorsing the status quo.

We need to get the hell out.

Posted by: ohdave on February 18, 2007 8:44 AM
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