Tuesday, January 23, 2007

State of the Union--take one

Guy Dinmore of the Financial Times. was kind enough to include my initial reaction to tonight's State of the Union in his analysis. I had observed,

Mr Bush lacked the political capital to move his agenda forward in Congress.

“The president still operates from the assumption that America can set the agenda in Iraq and throughout the greater Middle East without significant new investments of US blood and treasure,” he commented.

He also asked how the US would hold together international coalitions to maintain significant pressure on Iran and North Korea without being prepared to make compromises in other areas.

Of course, there are a number of different opinions expressed in the piece, which the above-noted link will take you to in full.

It seems to me that U.S. involvement in Iraq is about slightly more than treasure or lives. It is about the balance, the purpose and the future. I am aware that men tend to see everything as part of the treasure-life equation. It is not so.
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