Tuesday, December 09, 2008
John Quincy Adams for the 21st century?
This is why I think that the J.Q. Adams aphorism may be picked up and dusted off for use.
Our decision to leave Iraq has been made for diplomatic reasons. If the situation there suddenly deteriorates, I think we will leave because there is no point in spending more money and lives, not because we can't afford to do so.
How long we stay in Afghanistan will depend on the prospects for Afghan self-reliance; if the Afghans make progress in a finite timeframe, I would be surprised if cost prevents us from assisting. What I don't think we will do is embark on new or wider wars or continue open-ended commitments.
"Moreover, the president-elect's wish to begin a withdrawal from Iraq depends on the security provided by groups whose views on a variety of issues--including women's rights--run counter to American preferences."
Were the rights of women one of the objections raised by important groups to the constitution?
Best is to have that unfortunate country partitioned among her neighbours; she does not have the capacity any longer for self-reliance.