Monday, July 09, 2007

Iraq War – Set to Pull the Plug?

With blistering, timely and kind of historic editorial of NYT finally asking to start withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, the stage is slowly but surely getting set for pulling the plug.

( ‘The Road Home’, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/08/opinion/08sun1.html?n=Top%2fOpinion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op%2dEd%2fEditorials )

We have Sen. Reid rightly realizing that it is ‘his’ moral responsibility to help bring curtain on this Iraq war show. He is right and he is not any late to this realization. We also have increasing number of GOP Senators clamoring for ‘drawing down’ American forces form Iraq. Cindy Sheehan is threatening to put a symbolic electoral fight with Speaker Pelosi if she does not become more active in bringing back the forces. So all in all, politics is getting aligned for the final pulling of the plug on this misguided, mismanaged and lost war of America.

NYT Editorial is right in pointing out the moral responsibility of the Congress in outlining the negative impacts of American pull out from Iraq. The simple reasons for the pull out are:
- for a while American sacrifices in Iraq are not making any difference on the ground and
- despite Iraqi political class owning the substantial part of the problem, it is proven beyond doubt that Iraqi political class does not want or is incapable of fulfilling it’s political obligations for a while now.

There is no sugar coating to the turn of events – all said and done, it is the defeat of America in this war. Pres. Bush is singularly responsible for this ignominy of America.

The hard question America must need to address is – keep on blaming Pres. Bush but not take any action or to move on. It is imperative that American Congress rises to the occasion, shows the courage to move on and starts the onerous duty of repairing tattered image and shattered interests of America. Time has come to walk past Pres. Bush, unfortunately 18 months earlier than his official term end.

Umesh Patil
Cupertino, CA 95014
July 8, 2007.

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