Ralph Peters is now officially batshit crazy
If we can't leave a democracy behind, we should at least leave the corpses of our enemies.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 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.
The fact that this amoral asshole ever led troops disgusts me.