With the elections over, Democrats should see Iraq for what it is: a success that is challenged by powerful enemies, and inadequately supported by friends and allies who doubt America’s commitment. The first step needed is to dispel those doubts.
If Iraq is a success to Taheri, I shudder to think how he defines failure.
UPDATE: Of course, the New York Post has form. One of its star columnists, Ralph Peters, writes that the Americans are sacrificing their lives to bring democracy to Iraq but those corrupt Arabs just aren’t up to the job:
In the coming months, we may find that the only hope of restoring order is a military government. It sounds repellent, but a U.S.-backed coup may be the only alternative to endless anarchy.
Arabs still can’t govern themselves democratically. That’s the appalling lesson of our Iraqi experiment. A military regime might be capable of establishing order and protecting the common people.
This, ladies and gentleman, is the new rationale for the disaster in Iraq. The Americans have done what they can, but the Iraqis have failed to step up and deliver (Robert Fisk’s latest column discusses this phenomenon.)