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On war, no strings attached

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Rick Horowitz
November 16, 2007

This is not the time to be putting strings on our brave men and women fighting in Iraq.


We know this because the presidentís people in the White House tell us so. And not just the presidentís people in the White House; the presidentís people in the Congress tell us so, too.


This is a terrible time, they say, to be putting stringsóor timelines, or goals, or benchmarksóon our effort in Iraq. Especially not now, they sayónot when the violence is down, and Baghdad is calmer. Not when some of the provinces are turning against al-Qaida, and weíre finally seeing progress, and weíve turned a corner, and thereís light at the end of the tunnel, andÖ

This is the worst possible time to tie the presidentís hands.


Except for all the other times when it was the worst possible time.


You might have noticed: For the presidentís peopleóin the White House, in the Congress, even on the campaign trailóthere has never been a good time to try to keep this president from doing exactly what he wants to do in Iraq, and for as long as he wants to do it.

When things are going poorly, weíd be abandoning our troops in a time of need.


When things are going well, weíd be pulling the rug out from under them.


When things are going poorly, weíd be waving the white flag of surrender.


When things are going well, weíd be losing our will on the brink of victory.


They can sell it flat, and they can sell it round. And theyíre going to keep selling it, no question about it:


We canít attach strings when the Maliki government is coming together.


And we canít attach strings when the Maliki government is falling apart.


We canít attach strings when our troops need better body armor.


And we canít attach strings when our troops have the body armor they need.


We canít attach strings when the Green Zone is peaceful.


And we canít attach strings when the Green Zone is under mortar fire.


We canít attach strings when weíre part of an international coalition.


And we canít attach strings when weíre nearly the only ones left.


We canít attach strings when Osama bin Laden hasnít been heard from in months.


And we canít attach strings when Osama bin Laden is churning out new videos every few weeks.


We canít attach strings when roadside bomb attacks are increasing.


And we canít attach strings when roadside bomb attacks are decreasing.


We canít attach strings when private security firms are keeping American officials alive.


And we canít attach strings when private security firms are shooting innocent Iraqis dead.


We canít attach strings when oil prices are affordable.


And we canít attach strings when oil prices are skyrocketing.


We canít attach strings when our troops are following all the rules.


And we canít attach strings when our troops are suspected of torture.


We canít attach strings when there are dust storms everywhere.


And we canít attach strings when itís sunny and clear.


We canít attach strings in months that have an ďr.Ē


And we canít attach strings in months that donít.


We canít attach strings in daylight.


Or at nighttime.


Or at dawn.


Or at dusk.


Or now.


Or then.


Or later.


Or ever.


That would be the worst possible time.



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