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Buckley drop kicks Bush on Iraq


No one is going to contest William F. Buckley‘s conservative credentials, so how are the Bushies going to work their way around this point-blank assessment of Iraq?

One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed… Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven’t proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.

…The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, elucidates on the complaint against Americans. It is not only that the invaders are American, it is that they are “Zionists.” It would not be surprising to learn from an anonymously cited American soldier that he can understand why Saddam Hussein was needed to keep the Sunnis and the Shiites from each other’s throats.

Over at Unclaimed Territory, Glenn Greenwald smartly digs up an earlier quote from Howard Dean that the DNC chair was scorched on by the right wing.

Saying the “idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong,” Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years. . . .

“I’ve seen this before in my life. This is the same situation we had in Vietnam. Everybody then kept saying, ‘just another year, just stay the course, we’ll have a victory.’ Well, we didn’t have a victory, and this policy cost the lives of an additional 25,000 troops because we were too stubborn to recognize what was happening.”

Surf over to Glenn’s pad for a collection of winning quotes from the knob-ends of the right (including the horrid Malkin and Michael Reagan — the latter issued a death sentence for Dean!), who took turns blasting Dean for the above quote.

There’s also a generous helping of painful winger spinning, trying to square on Buckley’s almost identical “coming out” party on Iraq this week. It’s not like they can call him a wild-eyed liberal, traitor or agent of Al Qaeda. Well, I guess we can’t put anything past the Kool-Aid set.

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