Friday, January 26, 2007

Jim Webb - shurely shome mishtake?

The new senator for Virginia, Jim Webb gave a widely praised response to Bush's State of the Union speech, widely praised, of course, because critical of his stance on Iraq. But I'm really quite puzzled by it.

"As I look at Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be-President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. 'When comes the end?' ... And as soon as he became president, he brought the Korean War to an end."

Well done him and all that, though you can't help wondering how cheery the North Koreans are about it, those not starving or executed that is. Except of course, that Eisenhower didn't end the Korean War - an armistice was declared but North and South are still at war. He didn't bring the troops home either - the US maintains a sizeable garrison in South Korea, six decades after Eisenhower 'brought the troops home'.

So, the Democrat model for the Iraw war would appear to be one that ignores any humanitarian consequences, doesn't end the war, and consists of a minimum sixty year troop presence. Oh and North Korea has nukes now as well. Hmmm. A star is born.

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