Bill Buckley admits, at long last what we all warned them about -- only to be mocked and scorned.
We've fucked up Iraq but good, this was a monstrously bad idea to invade:
One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. The same edition of the paper quotes a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht backed the American intervention. He now speaks of the bombing of the especially sacred Shiite mosque in Samara and what that has precipitated in the way of revenge. He concludes that “The bombing has completely demolished” what was being attempted — to bring Sunnis into the defense and interior ministries.
Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven't proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.
The Iraqis we hear about are first indignant, and then infuriated, that Americans aren't on the scene to protect them and to punish the aggressors. And so they join the clothing merchant who says that everything is the fault of the Americans.
But there is a more important point that Buckley cannot bring himself to say.
BUSH HAS FAILED.
BUSH HAS FAILED CASTASTROPHICALLY.
BUSH HAS FAILED MORE GIGANTICALLY THAN ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT IN HISTORY.
You can say we lost in Vietnam, but we just got involved, we didn't start the war.
Only James K. Polk and George W. Bush can claim to have started a war with another nation while they were President.
Polk won his war.
Bush lost his.
James Buchanan meet George W. Bush. Jim you are no longer the gold standard for Presidential incompetence.