Iraq I: It's Time to Call the War a Draw
That is the concept of the draw.A draw as in a tie or a stalemate such as Thursday's World Cup contest between Australia and Croatia, which ended in a 2-2 draw after a hard fought match where neither team, despite great play, was able to prevail. (There have been no fewer than seven other draws, three of them scoreless, in World Cup play through Thursday.)
All this by way saying that it is time to inject the concept of the draw into the war in Iraq. Please. Now.
President Bush's incantations about staying the course and winning the war no longer have any moral gravitas.(Photo by Franco Pagetti for Time magazine).
Whether U.S. troops remain for one more year or five, the elements tearing Iraq apart will not have been vanquished.
Four years on, the time has come for the Iraqis to begin fending for themselves.
Fears that a U.S. troop pullout will trigger a civil war are misplaced. Iraq has been in a state of civil war -- albeit in slow motion -- for months.
The Mess in Mesopotamia may have started out as a bipartisan war, but now it's clearly a partisan war. That's the fault of the White House. The Bush administration's efforts to compare it to World War II, which was a gloriously bipartisan conflict, are a bad joke. Partisan wars cannot be won.
Republicans surely known that. But they have been unable to reconcile the thought of pulling the plug on Baghdad because they'd be portrayed as losers, and as they repeatedly tell us, it's the Democrats who are the losers.
Given these realities, does it not make more sense to settle for a draw and begin a phased troop withdrawal?