“All of us want to find a way to bring America’s sons and daughters home again,” Gates said after taking the oath of office as defence secretary from Vice President Dick Cheney at a Pentagon ceremony. “But as the president has made clear, we simply cannot afford to fail in the Middle East. Failure in Iraq at this juncture would be a calamity that would haunt our nation, impair our credibility, and endanger Americans for decades to come.”
Reading this entire article required the Bannerman to wrap his lips around a stout coffee. Robert Gates…….he is the same person as the one who stated “No, I don’t believe so” in answer to the question “Are we winning in Iraq?” during his confirmation hearings, isn’t he? He most certainly is the same person who is on record as stating
“Sycophants can only rise to a certain level. ‘Senior officials understand that the most dangerous thing in the world is a yes man.”
So, stating “we simply cannot afford to fail in the Middle East” isn’t in the least sycophantic? Bannerman needs a new gast. His current one has just been flabbered beyond all recognition!
Failure in Iraq would be a calamity? So, the US efforts over the last 3.5 years in Iraq aren’t already a calamity? Bannerman wonders whether Messrs Laird, Richardson or Schlesinger made similar utterances about the ‘calamity’ which was Vietnam in their time as Secretary for defence? As for impairment of credibility, Bannerman asks of George Walker Bush, ‘What credibility?’ . In the B-man’s eyes at the very least, America in it’s current guise as hegemonic whipping post for all things undemocratic, lost any semblance of credibility the day a regime-change invasion was first made public. As for endangering Americans for decades to come……history will judge ‘Dubya’ very, very harshly in that regard. Regardless of how many troops Bush wants to bivouac in Baghdad, the damage is already done. Americans the world over will be at far greater risk simply because they are American, thanks to the arrogance and thorough-going unwillingness of one man to accept that he made the wrong call.