Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ralph Peters is now officially batshit crazy

Ralph Peters' latest choice for Iraq:
If we can't leave a democracy behind, we should at least leave the corpses of our enemies.

The holier-than-thou response to this proposal is predictable: "We can't kill our way out of this situation!" Well, boo-hoo. Friendly persuasion and billions of dollars haven't done the job. Give therapeutic violence a chance.

Our soldiers and Marines are dying to protect a government whose members are scrambling to ally themselves with sectarian militias and insurgent factions. President Bush needs to face reality. The Maliki government is a failure.
Here's what would happen if we did what Peters suggests. The violence in Iraq would explode. Period. More troops (and, undoubtedly, innocent Iraqis) would die for a war in which Peters says there's only a slight chance we "can achieve a few of our goals"--whatever they are. So Peters is saying that the lives of American soldiers are worth whatever respect we can still salvage from the depths of Bush's quagmire.

The fact that this amoral asshole ever led troops disgusts me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peters is a dolt. He retired at O-5 because most of his analyses and predictions were proved wrong, no doubt.

You have to remember one of his novels, The War in 2020, written back in the 1980s.

Now, it's fiction, but science fiction always has a strong predictive/warning component.

Who's the War in 2020 with? Japan.

He was on the bandwagon of the "Rising Sun" kooks at the time, along with Michael Crichton.

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