Thursday, March 09, 2006

NeoCon allies desert Bush over Iraq

The Independent.

These are the right-wing intellectuals who demanded George Bush invade Iraq. Now they admit they got it wrong. Are you listening, Mr President?

Published: 09 March 2006

William Buckley Jnr

INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST AND TV PUNDIT

'One can't doubt the objective in Iraq has failed ... Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.'

Francis Fukuyama

AUTHOR AND LONG-TERM ADVOCATE OF TOPPLING SADDAM

'By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.'

Richard Perle

ARCH-WARMONGER AND PIVOTAL REPUBLICAN HAWK

'The military campaign and its political aftermath were both passionately debated within the Bush administration. It got the war right and the aftermath wrong We should have understood that we needed Iraqi partners.'

Andrew Sullivan

PROMINENT COMMENTATOR AND INFLUENTIAL BLOGGER

'The world has learnt a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis ... than for a few humiliated pundits. The correct response is not more spin but a sense of shame and sorrow.'

George Will

RIGHT-WING COLUMNIST ON 'THE WASHINGTON POST' AND TV PUNDIT

'Almost three years after the invasion, it is still not certain whether, or in what sense, Iraq is a nation. And after two elections and a referendum on the constitution, Iraq barely has a government.'

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3 Comments:

At 12:40 AM, Blogger Timmer said...

Gert -

I don't doubt your quotes here -- but can imagine that in context the snippets would have left a slightly different taste in ones mouth from some of these.

Regardless, there is no question that the going has gotten very tough in Iraq. But that is precisely when we need men and women of resolve - and yes, like Tony and George.

Remember, there is no perfect war and hindsight is BRILLIANT. I am still cautiously, but firmly, optimistic about the eventual outcome in Iraq. The media has painted a very selective picture of events there - but time will tell.

 
At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Amy Proctor said...

Gert, not quite.

William Buckley Jr. Last I heard, he was still in favor of legalizing pot. He's not exactly a great example.

Francis Fukuyama, Richard Perle, Richard Perle & Andrew Sullivan: Prominent? Are you kidding? These aren't even politicans but you connoted on Timmer's site they were "influential neo-cons". Not even close, but nice try.

George Will. He's been left of center for as long as I've known of him. This proves absolutely nothing.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Timmer:


"The media has painted a very selective picture of events there - but time will tell."

Cuts both ways: who knows what we've really been allowed to see and what not, with all this "embedded journalism". Don't tell me that the right-wing press hasn't also done it's hardest and darnest to paint a favourable picture.

Amy:

"William Buckley Jr. Last I heard, he was still in favor of legalizing pot."

So am I. Ouch, that really hurt!

"These aren't even politicans but you connoted on Timmer's site they were "influential neo-cons"."

Go play word-games somewhere else: we both know who these people are and that's what matters. Play it down as much as you like but it's unexpected for Bush to get criticism from that side of the spectrum.

DO keep sticking ypur head in the sand...

 

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