Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Grady's Letter to a Friend, Concerning General Patraeus's Slow "Victory" Plan

This just in from Grady Glenn:
I read the article you sent me . It is very convincing, and the McCain-Lieberman strategy is perhaps the only viable one if you're goals are the following: to maintain American hegemony over the Arabian peninsula indefinitely, and, eventually, to spread the war into Iran (something which McCain and Lieberman, and the Israeli lobby, are all strongly pushing for). If these are the goals, then it indeed makes little sense to begin withdrawing troops now.

If, on the other hand, your goal is to make America safe and to prevent further acts of terrorism, then the McCain-Lieberman strategy of a surge in troop numbers and an expansion of the conflict is entirely counterproductive.

And, I agree with you that McCain might still win the presidency. He has almost no following among the public; but, lucky for him, we have other ways of selecting presidents in the U.S.

Now here's a short reading list. First, if you haven't yet, check out Mearsheimer and Walt's book on American foreign policy, called The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. Also, read every thing you can of Michael Scheuer, the former CIA chief of the Bin-Laden Issue Station. These are not liberal diatribes. Their authors are not even liberals, really, and neither am I. And when you see my boy McCain, tell him that neither Ryan nor his mother much approves of what he's been up to of late.

-Grady Glenn

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