Sunday, November 11, 2007

Quagmire: Now and Forever, it Seems

I heard "quagmire" again, in reference to Iraq. This time, it was presidential candidate Bill Richardson. He's used the term before, and no doubt will again.

Mr. Richardson isn't alone, by any means.

Really, I try to stay away from politics in this blog, but with so many of America's leaders giving every indication of being obsessed with finding something, anything, wrong with American policies in the War on Terror, I can't avoid it.

The troop surge in Iraq was followed by, and apparently resulted in, a dramatic decrease in violence in Iraq. Faced with this success, I've been hearing about how terrible it is that the political situation in Iraq isn't quite what it should be: and how America should pull out now.

After all, Iraq is a quagmire.

"Everybody" knows it.
"Quagmire?" A country that's mostly desert?

The sixties were groovy, and protesting the Vietnam War was, like, relevant, but let's all wake up:
We're in the 21st century now.


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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.