In a single, lengthy editorial today The New York Times has declared —
“It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.”
I will leave it to others in Greater Blogistan to fill in all the details of precisely where the NYT stood at every stage of this crime against humanity and why its chosen to change course at this particular juncture.
But just a word about the “money quote” within its non apologia pro via sua
“Continuing to sacrifice the lives and limbs of American soldiers is wrong. The war is sapping the strength of the nation’s alliances and its military forces. It is a dangerous diversion from the life-and-death struggle against terrorists. It is an increasing burden on American taxpayers, and it is a betrayal of a world that needs the wise application of American power and principles.”
Yes friends, “American power and principles” must continue to be afforded “wise application.”
Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky (among a host of others) have been most eloquent as to the “wisdom” of “American power and principles” when “applied” to those unlucky enough to experience it.
As for Iraq, an excellent documentary, No End in Sight is shortly headed for theatrical release. In great detail, highlighted by extensive interviews with parties quite close to the crime scene and its perps, it lays it all out in traditional documentary style. And it’s pretty damned devestating.
Not as devestating as that which we have wrought, of course.
And long before the NYT remade up its mind, the American people had made their feelings known.
Less eloquent than the NYT I’ll grant you.
But it “got the job done,” didn’t it?