Thursday, October 06, 2005

L.A. Times Doesn't Realize What We're Up Against In Iraq

Michael Kinsley is gone, but the L.A. Times editorial pages are just as unrealistic as ever on the subject of the war in Iraq.

Again, Friday, in its editorial, "War of Attrition," the Times fails to recognize the stakes in the war, and the very severe consequences should the U.S. try to withdraw troops while the present insurgency rages on.

President Bush, on the other hand, is telling nothing but the truth when he warns that a victory in Iraq for the insurgency and the Sunnis could spell the end of other moderate regimes in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt. If these countries do not satisfy us, we need to ask ourselves how we would like it if the terrorists take them over, and what the price of oil would be in that event.

As new terrorist warnings are issued for the New York subways and of a further stepup in military action in Iraq, the bitter truth is that we have little choice but to carry on our side of the war, and to side to some extent with the Shiites and Kurds on the ground in Iraq.

War is frequently a series of disappointments. It frequently goes on too long. But so much is now dependent on a favorable course to our intervention in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, that we can't contemplate withdrawal now. The stakes are much higher than they ever were in Vietnam.

There is a natural tendency not to want to confront this, but the press and American people must be patient. Hard days may lie ahead, but worse ones will arise unless we are successful.

Times editorials of the kind that appeared today are not a help.


Blogger shelly sloan said...

Thanks Ken for standing your ground; would it that the Times might do the same.

This war is real, and for all the marbles. It is not over a little bit of land, but the entire earth.

We lose and civilization, as we know it, shall persih from the earth.

It would serve the peaceniks right if we just withdrew and let nature take its course, but the rest of us, and our children, and our children's children would die or be enslaved along with them.

I wish there was away to enlighten the women who march with Cindy and others to tell us that "war is not the answer".

I wish someone would tell me what is the answer, if not war.

Maybe a virtual reality show with them in burkhas, confined to their homes without a male escort, denied the right to drive or to attend schools might help. Think Disney might want to install one in their future world exhibits?

10/09/2005 10:40 PM  

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