Sunday, January 30, 2005

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Today was a good day for Iraq and the current administration did something well.

At the beginning of the month, I got worked up by Tom Friedman's op-ed about civil war in Iraq, and I wrote, "I used to think we have to stay there to 'clean up the mess' created by the power vacuum left in the absence of Saddam Hussein. I'm not sure anymore." Before that, I really hadn't been too critical except to say , "There are areas of Iraq that we don't have under control," a statement made around the time of the Mosul dining hall attack.

I'm not sure that there still won't be a civil war, and if there is, whether or not the U.S. should stay and side with a faction in Iraq, but that'll be decided after the elections in December. I don't like that this war was prosecuted on bad intelligence, and rather than admit intelligence failure, the President wants to shift the rationale for war, but at least for today, things are right.

I don't want a civil war - I want this to be over and the American troops to return home. I want a refocus on a domestic agenda designed to ensure our competitiveness in the global market and maintain a decent quality of life for working-class Americans rather than engage in a race to the bottom. I want to see fiscal control of our government, and I want to end this cultural conflict once and for all. If that's ever going to happen, there have to be more days like today, but for now, I'll just give the President credit for a good job today.


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