Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Why I will join the antiwar protesters.
Here's the really short version: Even after listening to President Bush's "humble" call for 21,000 more troops in Iraq tonight, I can't identify any reasons to believe he deserves our trust or has yet identified a realistic strategic goal. "Success," he very improbably says, is a stable and democratic, non-sectarian Iraq protecting human rights, policing its own borders, and inspiring nations throughout the Middle East to forswear terrorism, violence, and Islamic extremism. What a beautiful dream. But I can't fathom how a temporary troop surge can make it possible.
More importantly, though, Bush's policies for the past four years have dug us and the Iraqi people into a dismal hole. I grant, to my horror, that Iraq faces terrible violence — perhaps no matter what we do — and that the war we launched has unleashed frightening instability in the region. But endorsing Bush's plan cannot keep that violence at bay anymore.
I do fear for what comes next. But Bush doesn't have a compelling plan. I'd love to endorse a better one, but I think my role as a citizen in this case is not to come up with a better foreign policy on my own; it's to put pressure on my government to come up with a worthy goal and a plan that stands a reasonable chance of achieving it.
Update 1.26.07: The January 27 antiwar protests across the country will include these events in the Boston area. Dress warmly, ignore some of the crazy things the speakers will say, and be sure to let your congressional representatives and senators know how you feel about the way the Bush administration has driven us into the ditch.
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 10 January 2007 at 10:06 PM