The surge was designed to give Iraqi politicians the breathing room to create meaningful change in their country. That was, is and always will be the end goal of this particular mission.
Well, we gave them their opportunity. They’re giving us virtually nothing.
And this isn’t just coming from me. It’s coming from General Petraeus…
Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.
Petraeus, who is preparing to testify to Congress next month on the Iraq war, said in an interview that “no one” in the U.S. and Iraqi governments “feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation,” or in the provision of basic public services.
The general’s comments appeared to be his sternest to date on Iraqis’ failure to achieve political reconciliation. In February, following the passage of laws on the budget, provincial elections and an amnesty for certain detainees, Petraeus was more encouraging. “The passage of the three laws today showed that the Iraqi leaders are now taking advantage of the opportunity that coalition and Iraqi troopers fought so hard to provide,” he said at the time.
Folks, we are now spending $12 billion a month in Iraq. And with no discernible signs that our time, effort and investment have made us any safer, what’s the game plan from here on out? Pour more money and lives into this foreign policy disaster? Stay for decades? Wait around until the Iraqis get their act together?
No thank you.
If the Iraqis can’t or won’t hold up their end of the deal, if they continue to sit idly by while our men and women are killed or physically and mentally maimed, then there’s no point in sacrificing any longer.
Some will call this defeatism. I call it realism.
So let’s give them the money and weapons to secure their own country and go. The sooner the better.