Rudy -- and his senior foreign policy advisor Norman "IRAQ COULDN'T HAVE GONE BETTER, AND NOW LET US DO WHAT GOD WANTS AND BOMB IRAN!" Podhoretz -- publishes an article in Foreign Affairs that makes this argument:
U.S. troops will likely be fighting in Iraq when the next president takes office in 2009 and some U.S. forces will need to stay there to deter regional threats, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said on Tuesday.
Like President George W. Bush, Giuliani cautioned against a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, saying Washington must avoid what happened in Vietnam when the U.S. pullout led to "the killing fields of Cambodia, a newly energized and expansionist Soviet Union and a weaker America."
"The consequences of abandoning Iraq would be worse," the former New York mayor wrote in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine laying out the broad contours of his foreign policy.
And again with the "right-wing canard" about Cambodia.
I've said this before and I'll say it again. Pol Pot would not have accomplished more than being a dumbfuck in the jungle if we, THE UNITA STATES O'MURICA! hadn't bombed the shit out of that country and made it the third-party victim of Nixon's Surge of the early 1970s.
We managed to never come to grips with the fact that we were the Khmer Rouge's enablers as much as our horrendous Iraq misadventure has been a huge boon for reactionary theocrats that will help drag the middle east down an even lower path. Pot and his group went from being place-holding countryside revolutionaries to being the group that at least stood up to the Americans who had managed to drop more than 100,000 tons of bombs primarily on civilians.
It's the kind of thing that can really piss a people off and did. We thus, as seemingly ever, managed to use brute force to create a boon for a lunatic. The thing that ended the Khmer Rouge was...you guessed it, our old enemy Vietnam who invaded that nation and ended it. And you know who AIDED the fucking Khmer Rouge to resist Vietnam (hell, financed the border crossings that led to Vietnam snapping back)...THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! (That's right under Jimmy Carter, but right-wingers spare me your indignation, your crowd was fully on board at the time).