What the–? Is neocon supreme Bill Kristol equating Iraq with Vietnam?
BILL KRISTOL: There would not be civil war if Zarqawi had not spent the last 2 1/2 years — had ex-Saddamists with him, very skillfully going on the offensive slaughtering Shia in Karbala, now blowing up the mosque.
CHRIS WALLACE: They’re there. There are going to be more mosques to blow up. What do you do about the terrorists?
KRISTOL: Kill them. Defeat them.
CHRIS WALLACE: We’ve been trying.
KRISTOL: We’ve been trying, and our soldiers are doing terrifically, but we have not had a serious three-year effort to fight a war in Iraq as opposed to laying the preconditions for getting out.
CICI CONNELLY: I think that really begs the question then: what have we been doing over there for three-plus years? You say there hasn’t been a serious effort to rid that region of the terrorists. I just wonder what secretary Rumsfeld would say in response to that or all the U.S. soldiers who have been over there all this time.
KRISTOL: Secretary Rumsfeld’s plan was to draw town to 30,000 troops at the end of major activities.
So, our problem in Iraq is that Rumsfeld is too soft? We’re not killin’ enough people what needs killin’? We need someone to channel William Tecumseh Sherman?
This is disturbing, to say the least. It’s clear that we’re stretched pretty thin. And let’s not forget that the very weapons our soldiers use are killing them (thanks to “depleted” uranium munitions and experimental vaccines, over half of the soldiers who served in Gulf War I, most of whom are in their 30s and 40s, are on permanent disability).
Kristol, whose thoughts represent an influential strain of thought among the neocons, apparently feels that the answer to our problem is to commit more troops and strike the insurgents even harder.
And then we have to deal with Iran, right, Bill?