Here's one of my favorite conservative pundits (the others being Hitchens and, of course, P.J.) discussing a poll of 600 Iowa Republicans. Andrew Sullivan: "It's over, Mr. President." But is it? One of his readers has questioned whether the Iowa Republican base is typical of Republicans elsewhere. Some of them agree with John McCain that we must "stay the course." So, as an antiwar Democrat, I am asking myself: is there any chance at all they have a point? I mean, yes, of course it would have been better if we hadn't allowed ourselves to be frightened into this position, but we were, and so whether the war was wrong or right just isn't relevant anymore.
The only question is what we are going to do next. And it's really hard to think about that without getting emotional about it, which is the exact reason why people need to think about it without getting emotional. I'm as nervous now about the immediate troop withdrawal strategy being pushed by the people I almost always agree with as I was when the nation voted to go to war in the first place.
Of course, this makes me nervous too---the president comparing his multigenerational plan for Iraq to the "lengthy"---as in 50 years---presence of truth in South Korea "to provide stability but not...a frontline combat role." As the article in Truthout from which I'm quoting says,