Interesting to read Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek today:
It is time to call an end to the tests, the six-month trials, the waiting and watching, and to recognize that the Iraqi government has failed. It is also time to face the terrible reality that America's mission in Iraq has substantially failed.Indeed. Mr Zakaria, a former President of the Yale Political Union, (where he was a member of the "Party of the Right") was one of the true believers who were invited to a secret pre-war meeting of neocons (on condition of silence). Zaklaria has been called "a Bush-administration-friendly apple-polisher". He sits on the boards of the Council of Foreign Relations and international cabal of smart people the Trilateral Commission.
More waiting is unlikely to turn things around, nor will more troops. I understand the impulse of those who want to send in more forces to secure the country. I urged just such a policy from the first week of the occupation. But today we are where we are.
He now argues that "the Bush administration has actually been pursuing more-sensible policies for more than a year now" in Iraq, but it is now too late to reverse the early errors.
President Bush says that if America leaves Iraq now, the violence will get worse, and terrorists could take control. He's right. But that will be true whenever we leave. "Staying the course" only delays that day of reckoning.Maybe it's time for some full disclosure, Zak?