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Monday, May 14, 2007

"Cut and run" is a Republican tradition?

Steve Chapman has a knack for grabbing the attention of the Moldy, either with highly inane economic commentary, or today, with incredibly insightful hindsight on the foreign policy traditions in the Republican Party.
We all know that when it comes to war, Republicans are strong and resolute, while Democrats are weak and craven. We know because Republicans tell us so

...The truth is, Republican presidents are not known for staying the course in the face of adversity. Dwight Eisenhower ran on a promise to end the Korean war, which he did -- on terms that allowed the Communist aggressors to remain in power in the North. Richard Nixon negotiated a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese government, which provided for a U.S. pullout. Gerald Ford presided over the fall of Saigon and the final, humiliating American evacuation.

In those instances, the presidents came to grips with the unpleasant truth that sometimes, you can't achieve the desired outcome without an excessive sacrifice...What Republicans stood for in the past was a sober realism about the limits of our power and our good intentions. That spirit is absent today. They act as though slogans are a substitute for strategy.
Given the high cost of the Iraq War, perhaps it's time for some sober realism instead of sloganeering.

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