It is difficult to comprehend, but there are still plenty of folks who think that the US should remain fighting/occupying/getting killed in Iraq. And some of these same folks are outraged (or, in the case of pundits, pretend to be outraged) at the very idea of withdrawing troops. It’s like surrender! It’s like anti-war people want America to lose this war! It’s an insult to the memory of those who died fighting this war! It’s not Supporting Our Troops!
I’ve been trying to think of an argument that would convince these people that the US should pull out, and I’ve got one idea I kind of like.
“We’ve lost the war, so we may as well bring the soldiers back home.”
Granted, this won’t so much “convince” the pro-war peeps so much as make them go apoplectic, and fall into near-fatal convulsions of indignation. But once they regain consciousness and their faces return to a normal color, you may have successfully shifted the debate from nationalistic pride to the realities on the ground.
For support, check this column, “Victory Is Not an Option” by William Odom (former NSA head and member of the conservative Hudson Institute), in which he basically argues that while terrible things are going to happen in Iraq if the US leaves, that those same terrible things (and likely worse) will happen if the US stays. Odom was also interviewed by conservative fool Hugh Hewitt on Hewitt’s radio show, and Glenn Greenwald has highlighted portions here. Odom does a pretty good job of defusing conservative talking points. My favorite is when Hewitt tries to compare not invading Iran with the appeasement of Hitler, and Odom just dismantles the analogy and says that he’s “very disappointed” if Hewitt actually thinks the two situations are similar.
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