Wednesday, March 01, 2006

William F. Buckley Jr.: It Didn't Work

William F. Buckley Jr. on Iraq on National Review Online
One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.... The administration has, now, to cope with failure.

Mr. Bush has a very difficult internal problem here because to make the kind of concession that is strategically appropriate requires a mitigation of policies he has several times affirmed in high-flown pronouncements. His challenge is to persuade himself that he can submit to a historical reality without forswearing basic commitments in foreign policy.

He will certainly face the current development as military leaders are expected to do: They are called upon to acknowledge a tactical setback, but to insist on the survival of strategic policies.

Yes, but within their own counsels, different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgment of defeat.

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