Saturday, March 18, 2006

Bleakness In Baghdad

George Will says we are in major trouble. Excerpts

WASHINGTON -- At this moment, one of the most dangerous since the Second World War, America's perils are exacerbated by the travails of a president indiscriminately despised by Democrats and increasingly disregarded by Republicans. What should he do?

First, concentrate the public's mind on the deepening dangers beyond Iraq. Second, regarding Iraq, accentuate the negative and eliminate the positive -- that is, emphasize the dangers of failure, and de-emphasize talk about Iraq becoming a democracy that ignites emulative transformation in the Middle East.

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"Conditions in Iraq have worsened in the 94 days that have passed since Iraq's elections in December. And there still is no Iraqi government that can govern. By many measures conditions are worse than they were a year ago, when they were worse than they had been the year before.

Three years ago the administration had a theory: Democratic institutions do not just spring from a hospitable culture, they can also create such a culture. That theory has been a casualty of the war that began three years ago today. Rest here

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