The Corner

Rich,

Thanks, as always, for a good conversation. In my own defense, I’ll conclude:

I don’t think “pristine” is possible in any aspect of Iraq. My point was that we did not have to participate in forcing the sectarian elements into the Constitution.

If you don’t think there is a connection between the impulse to force Islamism into Constitution and the Islamism that is behind the current violence, nothing more I can say would make a difference on that score.

The Bush Doctrine is a national security doctrine. If I were convinced that the U.S. would be safer by abandoning it, I would have no choice but to abandon it. If someone makes the case that the national security of the U.S. hinges on having the UAE work the ports, I would have to tolerate their stance on Israel. I rather doubt anyone can make that case, but I’ve been wrong before.

Most Popular

Elections

Weirdo O’Rourke

Friends of the young Bill Clinton and Barack Obama spoke of the special glow of promise they had about them, even back in their early twenties. Angels sat on their shoulders. History gave them a wink and said, “Hey, good lookin’, I’ll be back to pick you up later.” Robert O’Rourke? Not so much. He ... Read More
U.S.

McCain at Annapolis

President Trump has been doing a lot of tweeting today -- against TV programs, companies, and other things that have incurred his displeasure. These tweets make for interesting reading. One of them is this: So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent ... Read More