Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Business As Usual"

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates landed in Baghdad on Thursday to deliver a sharp message to Iraqi political leaders: The U.S. military's commitment to the war is not open-ended.

"The clock is ticking," Gates told reporters, saying he will warn Iraqi officials that they must move faster on political reconciliation.

AP 4/19/07

Although they (South Vietnam's military leaders in 1965) were warned that America would stand for no more, that they could not toy with a great power like this, that American support was becoming more difficult, they did not believe it. They had already learned that the worse things got and the more the Americans threatened them with disengagement, the more the Americans coughed up; that they had sunk the hook deeper into the Americans than the Americans had sunk it into them. As if to convince them that for all the fury, it would be business as usual, (U.S. Ambassador Maxwell) Taylor said as they were leaving, "You people have broken a lot of dishes and now we have to see how we can straighten out this mess."

David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest, p. 510


Anonymous Thomas Daulton said...

Repeat ad nauseum until a Democrat is in the White House. At that point, get your dolschtoss speeches ready.

(Sorry, my German spelling is very rusty.)

4/20/2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger The Cunning Realist said...


4/20/2007 1:35 PM  

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