Skip to comments.Baker's Iraq report is a study in appeasement (... if you've never read David Warren)
Posted on 12/11/2006 1:55:35 PM PST by GMMAC
Baker's Iraq report is a study in appeasement
David Warren - Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, December 9, 2006
I was rewriting history, while walking along some cold lakeshore the other day. My thought was: if Churchill had only come to power in 1937, Chamberlain would have been installed to replace him in 1940.
Had Churchill been in power, and refused to sign Munich, he would have been blamed for the outbreak of war.
I can just hear the prattle in an English pub, circa 1950. "He pushed Hitler to it! Had it not been for Churchill, Hitler would have been satisfied with the Sudetenland, and England would never have had to surrender. Everything was Churchill's fault!"
Today, everything is Bush's fault.
The Iraq Study Group report, fully released in Washington this week, was ostensibly to the purpose of advancing bipartisan agreement on what to do in Iraq. As the commission's co-chairmen, Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton, wrote near the beginning: "U.S. foreign policy is doomed to failure if it is not supported by a broad, sustained consensus."
Good luck finding it. Mr Baker, in particular -- elected by no one -- instructs the U.S. President to follow not some, but all of the reports 79 recommendations, some of them as fatuous as starting unconditional negotiations with Syria and Iran. This is not a fruit salad, Mr Baker insists. It is a grand strategy. To my mind, the sort of grand strategy the British Foreign Office came up with in the late 1930s: keep negotiating, keep retreating.
We could see the result of the call for consensus in the gleeful receipt of the report by the Washington media, and other Democrat partisans. For several days, as the Wall Street Journal put it, reporters ransacked their thesauruses for words to unload pent-up antipathy toward the Bush White House: failed, repudiated, dire, abject failure, deeply pessimistic, disdain, replete with damning details, a rebuke, a remarkable condemnation.
I foolishly ordered a goat curry in a neighbourhood West Indian establishment, Wednesday night. The food was great, but I was exposed to CNN for nearly half an hour: Paula Zahn and company "discussing" Baker-Hamilton, with a dig at Bush every 12th second. Again I'm amazed that, despite the 24/7 broadcast of such garbage, a significant proportion of Americans remain sane.
I am often amazed by feats of human endurance and stamina. The ability of my children to withstand the public school system, for instance. A certain lady's ability to survive Ontario health care. A White House spokesmans ability to spot ways to finesse Baker-Hamilton to Mr Bush's advantage.
It is like this. The U.S., with precious little help from allies, who even in the case of Canada refuse to contribute anything like their fair share to the alliances military costs, for even the most conventional defensive preparedness on the home front, is fighting our common enemy in Iraq. We could be fighting them elsewhere, but thats where our enemys efforts are concentrated at the moment -- as opposed to, say, the streets of Europe, or exposed infrastructure in North America. It is an enemy remorselessly committed to our annihilation, held up by proxy wars in the Middle East. We must therefore be committed to eliminating them, now and there, instead of here and later. This will not be done by negotiation and retreat.
And such media as CNN (perhaps unfairly singled out), persist in airing a worldview tantamount to blaming the police for the existence of crime. For the consistent argument of the talking heads amounts to, We may need more troops on the ground in the short term, but the long-term answer is to get out. Translation: We may need more cops in the short term, to deal with the mess theyve already stirred up, but the long-term solution can only be to let the criminals get on with it.
To the criminal mind, even working on low wattage, the response to that has got to be wait them out. To the mind I call gliberal -- to distinguish it from the honourable and responsible tradition of liberal thought -- the very concept of a mortal enemy is beyond processing. Even those who recall what happened on Sept. 11th, 2001, have persuaded themselves that we are only a target because, after that fact, the U.S. went into Afghanistan and Iraq. The unspoken assumption is, withdraw from there, and our problems are over.
It is true that our problems there will be over, if we withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. Well, perhaps the advantage of doing so would be, to show the Western electorate what comes next.
This is what happens when you send a politician to do a man's job.
Great comments. Baker's kind of "realism" in foreign policy is what brought us 9/11 in the first place.
Baker would have demanded diplomatic negotiations with Hitler on the eve of D-Day.
If the '06 elections were about Americans' exhaustion over Iraq, as the media has told us, then perhaps we should give them what they want...withdraw into ourselves, and then wait for the next big terrorist strike. Maybe the next one will take out a few hundred thousand people. And maybe then the American voter will be motivated to ignore the nihilists on the left and will desire to truly drain the swamp in the Middle East.
As would Kofi and the UN. In the modern era, wars are apparently not meant to be won, but to fight to a stalemate so that "dipolmacy" can take over.
I said in #3 to that posting:
"I posted this bit of history because I have a really bad feeling between my shoulder blades as to what may be about to happen in the Middle East."
He is one of the best writers of any faith, imo.
This line bears a keen truth:
"Even those who recall what happened on Sept. 11th, 2001, have persuaded themselves that we are only a target because, after that fact, the U.S. went into Afghanistan and Iraq."
He nails the cognitive dissonance of the left very well.
Want it to go faster? 50% of Americans (conservatives, republicans, libertarians, constitutionalists) become Muslim. The enemy within has nowhere to hide. Then we do a John Kerry flip-flop and then....
Baker and Hamilton should be sent into EXILE. And the 10 cowardly gnomes, too.
Why should Baker not appease when he is in the Saudi pocket?
Baker Meese Eagleberger
ALL high level cabinet members in GOP administrations
And Baker is a friend of the Bush family
Nothing like living in an alternate universe
I just wish President Bush would fight back against the pelosi, kennedy, kerry, baker and hamilton pygmies.
Yeah, Mark Steyn points out that the ones who lose the most by the Muslims taking over are the secular leftists. He said that all he'll really need to do is grow his beard out a bit more and take on a couple more wives.
Ditto that. Bush and/or Condi should specifically, and forcefully, refute whichever of 79 recommendations they deem to be unrealistic.
Let it be known that the war was over by June of '45, but that the peace in Europe wasn't actually won for another 44 years, when the occupying Soviet regime finally collapsed.
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