Thursday, December 07, 2006

Feels Like Vindication

I remember (as if it was yeserday) sitting in front of my television in March of 2003 screaming at the broadcast image of GWBush as he was announcing the invasion of Iraq, "Diplomacy, you #*&$%&*#! It's always going to be about diplomacy! Invading will not work. It's never, ever too late to keep talking!"

So, it feels like a whole lot of vindication to read today's Iraq Study Group Report and see that the principle recommendation of this esteemed group of observers is... diplomacy.

On page 13 they write: "Our most important recommendations call for new and enhanced diplomatic and political efforts in Iraq and the region, and a change in the primary mission of US forces in Iraq that will enable the US to begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly."

You can read the report for yourself at:

Coupled with the results of last month's election, one wonders if the Bushites are truly so imprisoned in their own hubris and self-righteousness that they would dare to ignore this report's findings and recommendations. This could be a watershed event. Lord, may it be so.