Over at Daily Kos one of the recommended diaries discusses a Hartford Courant op-ed written by Ned Lamont entitled, Iraq: One Way Or The Other. Lamont's take on Iraq is a lot like mine and that is...either defecate or get off the pot. From the article:
To govern is to decide, but on many issues - health care, energy independence, the deficit - Washington has simply kicked the can down the road for another administration or generation to handle. The nation has no such luxury when it comes to the "grave and deteriorating" situation in Iraq, to quote the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group.
As Yogi Berra said, when you come to a fork in the road, take it. By all accounts the current road (stay the course) is a bloody dead end. Now is the time to decide whether America goes all out for military victory or we end our combat role and let the Iraqis assume responsibility for their own destiny.
I usually don't like to render political/foreign policy issues down to such black and white choices but, unfortunately, this is where we are in Iraq right now and we can't afford to keep postponing this decision. It is time for our country to have a frank and open discussion about what to do in Iraq and then make a decision about what we want to do there. To that end, Lamont gives a very broad outline about what he considers going all out for military victory:
If you believe the Churchillian rhetoric, it's time to move from Donald Rumsfeld's minimalist force to Colin Powell's overwhelming force. To do that, you must prepare the American people for the real costs of war, financial and human - with the prospect of higher taxes and a draft; and you must sober up the people to the fact that we will be in Iraq a long time, as long as necessary to transform the country and the region.
At this point I would like to remind people that Ned Lamont, the darling of the Jane Hamsher's of the Left, wrote this and not some fire breathing Right Winger. It is also important to keep in mind that Lamont's prescription for Iraq is eerily familiar to my favorite hyper-partisan Righty Blog, Redstate.com's prescription for Iraq which is "Unleash Hell". I realize Ned Lamont & Redstate don't speak for either side of the political spectrum but both are big fish in the little political pond that is the blogosphere and if these opposing voices can arrive at similar conclusions regarding Iraq then it is possible for a commited leader, maybe even President Bush, to muster up the needed political support for such a dramatic shift in our country's Iraq strategy.
Will we see a dramatic shift in strategy? Maybe, but it has become crystal clear to me, Ned Lamont, and the gang at Redstate that it is time to raise the stakes in Iraq and that is something that no one would have expected six months ago. Perhaps in another six months we will be fighting the war in Iraq as a united country again. I doubt it but it is possible.