Buckley Buckles

Conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. becomes the latest to give aid and and comfort to the enemy, when he says of the war in Iraq “It didn’t work.”

One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.

… Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans. The great human reserves that call for civil life haven’t proved strong enough. No doubt they are latently there, but they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.

Can the rest of us say it now? Does it matter? After all “It didn’t work” is only a few steps removed from “It won’t work.” The latter didn’t have much of an effect, and the former feels like some sort of vindication, but — as Buckley points out — the “objective in Iraq” will probably prove a difficult bell to “un-ring.”

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