Monday, August 20, 2007

Quote of the day, taken from Perry de Havilland's critique of our government's obvious decision to cut and run from Iraq.
I thought the one thing the damn state was capable of was waging wars, particularly ones of its own choosing. If it cannot even do that, what the hell use is it? Even less than I thought, and that is saying something.

I am sure that the Gobblin' King will find some way to spin this as a victory. Or, at least, it will be hilarious watching him try...


Anonymous said...

It will be billed as "gradually handing power over to the Iraqi security forces". Of course, a small force, less than a thousand, will probably remain in Iraq at the request of Bush, simply so he can still say "Britain's still behind us" to the folks stateside.

Mark Wadsworth said...

How d'you mean "cut and run"?

We won the war (easy!) but (as always happens) lost the occupation. It's been four-and-a-half years and we are just making things worse at a huge military and political cost to the UK.

We have lost. Facing up to this and getting troops out is not cutting and running.

anthonynorth said...

It is easy to win a war if you have superior tactics, equipment and professionalism. Once won, the only way to 'win' the peace is through absolute ruthlessness and dictatorship.
This is why democracies should never invade - and a good job, too.
Maybe Blair and Bush thought they were no longer in democracies.

Sir James Beiggelschwarz said...

They've done the spade work now and destroyed Iraq. Bring on the holy wars.

The Remittance Man said...

It's already being billed as a "success". Go and look at all the happy reports published every time another base is handed over to the Iraqis.

The media parrot the party line: "We've brung peace and now the locals can look after themselves". They then fuck off back to the Kuweit Hilton and ignore the fact that whatever area we've just handed back soon descends into anarchy and bloodshed.

Whatever one's thoughts on the original war; we broke Iraq. We have an obligation to fix it. Instead we are lying and cutting and running simply to improve Gordon's chances at the next election.

This from the people who brought you "an ethical foreign policy".

Shit! I don't know whether to piss myself laughing or turn to drink.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Rem, how on earth are we going to fix it? Unless it's "through absolute ruthlessness and dictatorship" which seems a tad pointless, to me.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

Over at the ASI, they are posting some of the winning entries of the Young Writers on Liberty. One does not want to put such keen minds off,...