Date registered: Jan 2005
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How many Presidents will it take to get out of Iraq?
Consider Vietnam. If you count Eisenhower, there were four American Presidents dealing with the fiasco in Vietnam. It was one of our longest wars, took 58,000 American lives, and ended in embarrassing defeat. Yet through it all, we were told, repeatedly, that victory was just around the corner.
Unless you are an extreme optimist, the picture in Iraq looks gloomy, to say the least. A strong insurgency, the perfect mix for a civil war, and American forces severely strained--this does not present a rosey picture. And we have already been told, once, that the "war" was over--in May of 2003. But it is now May 2005, and the headlines, which keep getting relegated to the back pages of our newspapers, report continued violence, continued resistance, continued disagreement with the makeup of the new government.
I predict that the mess will clearly outlast Bush, and will likely continue through the first full term of his successor, and probably well beyond. It will be a black hole for U.S. money, and a constant drain on our military.