Roots of Iraq debacle are in neocon ideology

Philadelphia Inquirer
by Justin Logan

12/05/06

Early reports indicate that the Baker-Hamilton commission will recommend that U.S. troops 'pull back' from the fighting in Iraq, perhaps cutting the U.S. presence in half. But James Baker and Lee Hamilton aren't in charge of U.S. foreign policy, and the report itself can do little more than provide political cover for the president to change course -- if he wants to. However, as President Bush said on Thursday: 'This business about a graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all.' Part of the problem is rooted in the neoconservative ideology by which the president is inspired. The track record of neoconservative thought is not good...

//www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/16164905.htm



Baker-Hamilton can't save us

Cato Institute
by Justin Logan

12/05/06

Next week, the Baker-Hamilton Commission will make its recommendations on U.S. Iraq policy, and Congress will begin hearings on defense secretary nominee and Cold War realist Robert Gates. Both events will reflect the failings of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq. But even as a grudging acceptance of reality takes hold in Washington, the architects of the war are urging that we double down on the losing bet in Iraq. Amid spiraling sectarian violence, the leading advocates of invading Iraq seem now to have centered on an explanation for how their idea has driven that country to blood-soaked disaster: deposing Saddam Hussein and replacing him with a secure, stable and democratic government would have required around 400,000 troops -- as well as a willingness to occupy Iraq for many, many years. But that was never going to happen...

//www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6818


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