Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mark Danner on Iraq: The War of the Imagination

The New York Review of Books: Iraq: The War of the Imagination: "In the coming weeks we will hear much talk of 'exit strategies' and 'proposed solutions.' All such 'solutions,' though, are certain to come with heavy political costs, costs the President may consider more difficult to bear than those of doggedly 'staying the course' for the remainder of his term. George W. Bush, who ran for president vowing a 'humble' foreign policy, could not have predicted this. Kennan said it in October 2002:

Anyone who has ever studied the history of American diplomacy, especially military diplomacy, knows that you might start in a war with certain things on your mind as a purpose of what you are doing, but in the end, you found yourself fighting for entirely different things that you had never thought of before. In other words, war has a momentum of its own and it carries you away from all thoughtful intentions when you get into it."

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