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Sunday, July 15, 2007

No Middle Ground

David Adesnik over at Oxblog cites expert opinion on why the "redeployment" option currently being advocated by Congressional Democrats is unworkable. He concludes that with regard to Iraq there is no feasible middle ground between the current level of involvement and total withdrawal.

Tom Friedman, representing the New York Times position, argues for total and immediate withdrawal as a way of cutting our losses. Stephen Biddle, on the other hand, argues for staying the course. Both agree that the middle ground of a small force is unfeasible. Adesnik's position? He is not yet convinced that the cause is lost and argues that total withdrawal will produce:
Another Darfur and another Saigon. A moral failure and an epic humiliation. That is the cost of surrender.
I agree with him.