This is not going to be a popular column.
In fact, I’m not even a fan of what I’m about to write, because it goes against the grain of where I think we need to be going with our foreign policy, let alone what I think the American people have the resolve for. Nevertheless, I’m writing this because I believe it’s true although I wish that wasn’t so, and I’m hoping perhaps one of you reading this can talk me out of it.
So let me just get it out there now so we can deal with it right away: when it comes to the tragedy that has become Iraq, I believe we have to put all options on the table — including going back.
I say that as someone that does not believe we as a people are equipped for nation building, because the collective spiritual and moral integrity of our current culture can barely sustain our own. I say that as someone that has written and said many times we cannot be the world’s mall cop. It’s a drain on resources — both human and fiscal — we don’t have. Not to mention there’s a fine line between being a shining city on the hill that represents a beacon of liberty to the world, and then believing you alone as a people have the market cornered on righteousness. Thus granting yourself permission to determine how everyone else shall live.
One side of that line provides a fallen world the hope it so desperately needs, while the other side establishes the next empire the world most definitely does not.
I’m also someone that has very mixed feelings regarding the entirety of our mission in Iraq, just as most of the American people do as well. Like many of you reading this, I am concerned the trillions of dollars in human and monetary capital we invested in Iraq over the course of a decade will turn out to be a terrible waste.
Which is exactly why I think we have to put all options on the table — including going back.
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