CNN's Lou Dobbs: Victory In Iraq Is Not An Option
In his weekly roundtable
blowhard pundit segment, with Ed Rollins, NY Daily News' Michael Goodwin and Dem strategist Hank Sheinkopf, Lou Dobbs and his group skewered Sen. Harry Reid for saying "Iraq is lost."
ROLLINS: It's not fair to the men and women who are there to basically say, they are losing a war. They are in a police action. They aren't fighting a war anymore....
DOBBS: Thank you for saying that.
Not ten seconds later, Dobbs said:
I believe William Odom, General William Odom will be proved exactly right in his characterization of our involvement in Iraq.Oh really Mr. Dobbs? This General Odom?
Victory Is Not an Option
The Mission Can't Be Accomplished -- It's Time for a New Strategy
By William E. Odom
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Hmmmm. Is Lou Dobbs emboldening . . .?
From General Odom's piece:
The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the gulf that separates President Bush's illusions from the realities of the war. Victory, as the president sees it, requires a stable liberal democracy in Iraq that is pro-American. The NIE describes a war that has no chance of producing that result. In this critical respect, the NIE, the consensus judgment of all the U.S. intelligence agencies, is a declaration of defeat.
Its gloomy implications -- hedged, as intelligence agencies prefer, in rubbery language that cannot soften its impact -- put the intelligence community and the American public on the same page. The public awakened to the reality of failure in Iraq last year and turned the Republicans out of control of Congress to wake it up. But a majority of its members are still asleep, or only half-awake to their new writ to end the war soon.
Perhaps this is not surprising. Americans do not warm to defeat or failure, and our politicians are famously reluctant to admit their own responsibility for anything resembling those un-American outcomes. So they beat around the bush, wringing hands and debating "nonbinding resolutions" that oppose the president's plan to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.For the moment, the collision of the public's clarity of mind, the president's relentless pursuit of defeat and Congress's anxiety has paralyzed us. We may be doomed to two more years of chasing the mirage of democracy in Iraq and possibly widening the war to Iran. But this is not inevitable. A Congress, or a president, prepared to quit the game of "who gets the blame" could begin to alter American strategy in ways that will vastly improve the prospects of a more stable Middle East.
(Emphasis supplied.) Hey, Lou Dobbs is right, General Odom is speaking truth on Iraq.
And so is Harry Reid.
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