Diana Moon says something in my comments that bears repeating:
But I think it’s important that we say it *is* FUBAR. It’s amazing how the hawks were able to get away with blackmailing the press and the skeptical side of the blogosphere with charges of disloyalty into making anyone who disagreed with them pull punches. Well I say it’s FUBAR and I say to hell with it.
She’s right, and that’s something that I just can’t stop emphasizing. If we’re to have any hope, any hope at all of fixing the situation so that there’s some kind of security and stability, then we have to admit that we’ve made some really serious mistakes, and then fix those mistakes.
Instead, all we’ve gotten is this by-now ridiculous insistence that “we have our good days and our bad days”, as Secretary Rumsfeld has said, and that’s kept us from fixing a wrecked system.
One of the big reasons why I started writing this blog lies in that–I’ve dissented from the official line, and I continue to do so where the situation warrants it. It’s one of the reasons why I use a pen name, since I feel much more free in expressing my personal opinion regarding what’s happening in Iraq and around the world.
The situation in Iraq is FUBAR. Let’s work on fixing it, so that we’re not there any longer than necessary, and then let’s learn from our mistakes, so that we don’t repeat them and keep on proving Santayana right.
Two brief notes, the first for those of you commenting: Look, calling me a “f—king a–hole” because of my proposed plan for resolving the Iraq crisis (a plan, might I add, that I, even in my most delirious moments, don’t think has a ghost of a chance of being adopted) isn’t really going to convince me to see things your way. I’ve seen and been through worse. If you want to persuade me, might I suggest that you do what Rich Puchalsky did–show me where I could have made mistakes. God only knows I’ve made enough of them, and I have no problem admitting when I’ve fouled up.
Better yet, come up with your own competing plan, like Jim Henley did, and hopefully, together, you and I will be able to come up with a way out of this mess. Who knows–stranger things have happened.
The other, for Prof. Brad DeLong–thanks for the link, and the addition to the blogroll.