My favorite posts comprise the short series he did called How Iraq Ends. Before I read it, I was one of the goofballs figuring that gee, we got in pretty easy (except for Turkey - don't forget Turkey!), we'll get out the same way - just start loadin' up them helicopters. Steve put up satellite images and maps and then highlighted them so everyone could understand that getting out of Iraq wasn't going to happen well without a meticulously negotiated regional political plan and even then it's going to be dicey. That's when I finally understood what the word "quagmire" means when it's used to describe a war and that BushCo has put together one hell of a quagmire.
The posts are here:
Also, An Honest Conversation, which explains why the war was lost before any Iraqi even picked up a gun. In case the various News Blogs go away forever, I'm posting that one in the extended entry for safe keeping.
An Honest Conversation
This will be brief.
We need to be honest here: Iraq is not worth one more dead American.
People on the right and left want some deus ex machina to save Iraq, but we have., collectively, come to a simple conclusion:
Iraq is not worth dying for. Not for the warmongers on the right or the liberal hawks on the left.
It's bad the soldiers are trapped there, but we have made it their problem, No one is willingly going to join them, and 5,000 have deserted so far.
When you ask liberal hawks to enlist, they are offended by the question.
When you ask conservatives to enlist, they are offended by the question.
And America's parents are NOT sending their kids to die in Iraq if they can, at all, help it. No one blows up IED's at Wal Mart.
We have a volunteer army with fewer and fewer volunteers, and people reenlisting only to save their friends. There is a time limit to their ability to be in combat. They cannot serve forever. They will have to be replaced. And fewer and fewer are willing to replace them,
What I want people to do is be honest.
If you will not serve in Iraq, and no one you know will serve, stop expecting someone else to do what you will not.
Therefore, it is time to stop calling for more troops, or the US to make Iraq safe. We cannot do this and even Americans are refusing to join the fight. It is time to look at your actions and realize, that despite your ideals, you oppose continuing this war. In practical terms, you have decided that this war is not worth your life or anyone you know. And million of Americans have joined you in this decision.
So, with this fact evident, it is time to call for US troops to withdraw from Iraq. Not save it, not add more boots on the ground. You have already voted by your actions. It is time that you match it with your words.
posted by Steve @ 6:43:00 PM