How much longer should we dig.
The familiar and apt saying goes that when you find yourself in a deep hole, the first thing you do is stop digging
John Beydler at The Passing Parade lays out yet more compelling reasons it's time to reject the Republican (and Joe Lieberman) "stay the course" arguments showing scant relation to the reality in Iraq and to stop digging.
While the slaughter goes on and on, and gets worse, American politicians babble on about how we can't leave because Iraq would descend into civil war. Of course, as every day's headlines make ever more clear, the civil was is already raging. The number of attacks, most of them Iraqi on Iraqi, is growing. The death toll is mounting, the numbers higher day by day. Deaths are running at 100-plus per day now. Most of the people dying are Iraqis; most of the killing is done by Iraqis.
As Sir Richard said, we're merely exacerbating the problem, and paying a high price in blood in the process. Nearly 3,000 American troops have been killed now, 20,000 wounded.
Our leaders took us there because, they said, we had to get rid of those weapons of mass destruction that, of course, turned out to be figments of their imaginations.
Once the military did its job with dispatch and efficiency, our leaders blew the next step with bad decision on top of bad decision. We've delivered on nothing in the way of improving services, the economy or the quality of life. Just the opposite.
No wonder that the vast majority wants us gone. No wonder a solid majority approves of attacks on Americans.
The time to leave is soon. Very soon.