Tuesday, April 08, 2008


All day long, I watched Democrats (plus the odd Hagel, I suppose) try to pin Petraeus and Crocker down on some variation on the "conditions" question. What would have to be happening in Iraq to convince you to change strategies? What would have to be happening in Iraq to get our troops out? Their response was always some variation on, "I don't know and I don't want to answer hypotheticals."

But there's one hypothetical question that Petraeus and the Crock were willing to answer all day long. What will happen if we withdraw from Iraq? With certainty, their answer was defeat, despair, and destruction. But these two, by their own admission, don't have the slightest idea what the consequences of our staying should be, so they shouldn't be able to get away with pretending to know what will happen if we leave. Someone should call them out on it.

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