Monday, March 12, 2007

An exercise in logic

President Bush has said Iraq is the front line of the War on Terror.

President Bush and other members of his administration have said that the War on Terror is a war with no end.

Vice President Cheney today said that planning to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq is the same as "telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out."

Logically, therefore, we can never pull American troops out of Iraq without admitting defeat, because Iraq is the front line of the War on Terror and our work in the War on Terror will never be over.

Logically, therefore, the Iraq War is one without end.

The Bush administration is making the case for the U.S. to lead a never-ending war. The circular logical framework exists to prepetuate itself and to paint anyone who disagrees with the attack plan as a defeatist.
But if someone besides the president does not set a firm timeline for troop withdrawal from Iraq, withdrawal might never happen, because the president apparently won't call for one (if he follows his own logic). So maybe the Democrats' plan for a "rigid" "inflexible" "arbitrary" timeline isn't that crazy after all.

Let's just hope someone has the logical wherewithal to get U.S. troops out of Iraq sometime before the Second Coming.

1 comment:

Erdos56 said...

It does seem that a brutally repressive regime headed by a strongman backed by the US might be the only path forward for that country. Wait a minute...