08/30/2005: Today Quotable...
"Last week, even as Bush was taking a break from his vacation to denounce “immediate withdrawal of our troops in Iraq or the broader Middle East” as a step that “would only embolden the terrorists,” the Financial Times was reporting details of the Pentagon’s plans “to pull significant numbers of troops out of Iraq in the next twelve months.”
The chilling truth is that no one really knows what to do. No one knows whether the consequences of withdrawal, quick or slow, would be worse or better—for Iraq and for the “war on terror” of which, willy-nilly, it has become a part—than the consequences of “staying the course.”
It is a matter of judgment, and the judgment that will count, more chilling still, is that of George W. Bush.
— Hendrik Hertzberg (New Yorker): WAR AND ANTIWAR
Karen on 08.30.05 @ 03:16 PM CST