by Greg Krehbiel on 17 June 2014
This article is worth reading: The Pace of Obama’s Disasters: Bergdahl one week. Then Ukraine. Now Iraq. What could be next?
I was in favor of the Iraq war, although I never believed we would be able to turn them into a democracy. When I saw that we were being sissies in how we prosecuted the war (remember that idiotic standoff in Fallujah?), and as I became more and more skeptical of the intelligence we used to justify the war in the first place, I wasn’t so sure. Then as the cost of the war mounted, and it became abundantly clear that Iraq can only be governed by a brutal dictator like Hussein, I thought the whole thing was a huge mistake.
Now I’m not so sure. The Iraq war may have been necessary, but we clearly did it all wrong.
We’ve gone from “nation building” under Clinton to “every heart longs for democracy” (i.e., nation-building on steroids) under W. to “can’t we all be friends” under Obama. Each approach was a failure.
We need a more hard-hearted foreign policy that is ready to beat the crap out of bad guys without the self-flagellation and the “we’ll make it up by rebuilding your schools” stuff.
The world is a dangerous, bad place, and the United States has to be willing to shed blood. Its own and others’. I don’t like it, but that’s the way it is. When the U.S. steps back from a position of leadership and strength, the world starts to fall apart.
-- 2014-06-17 » Greg Krehbiel