Monday, March 28, 2005

Iraq Pullout?

According to Robert Novack of the Sun Times claims that Secretatry of State Condoleezza Rice will push for removal of U.S. forces in Iraq, even if things aren't "perfect".

Iraq has proven costly for the United States as casualties have mounted to over 1600 and over 200 billion dollars have been spent. The sooner we get out of there, the better, provided Iraqi security forces can take over for us.

While Bush would love to stick around until democracy is running smoothly--as the neo-cons promised would happen quickly--he must soon face reality. What's done is done, and the time is quickly approaching to give the Iraqi people their country back.

The interesting part will be the coming political fallout. Will Bush heed the cries of the neo-cons for a Wilsonian spread of democracy and continue with the agenda he set out in his State of the Union speech? Or will he learn the lesson from Iraq: war is the high price of empire?

Despite protests to the contrarty, an engaged isolationism works. An interventionist neo-con policy will only serve to destroy this country. As Madison penned many years ago, "Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

In other words, avoid war at all costs or incur
a violent death. It is time we toss aside this notion that we are to be the noble policeman of the world. Let's leave Iraq and avoid such mistakes in the future.

Bush must learn from history, or risk driving this once mighty Republic into the ground.

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