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Friday, July 21, 2006

'CUT AND RUN' CAN CUT BOTH WAYS




An emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago has written one of the best answers I've seen to Karl Rove and the rest of the Bush Administration's latest campaign to portry those who want us to get out of Iraq as "cut and runners."

W. Kent Wilson wants to know if the Bushies would use that term to describe Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, whose first act in office was to get the country the heck out of Korea back in 1953, or Richard Nixon, another GOP chief executive, who got combat troops out of Vietnam in 1973.

Or, for that matter, was Republican George H.W. Bush's decision to get out of Iraq and not go after Saddam Hussein when the first Gulf War ended an example of cut and run?

Wilson answers his own questions by saying he doesn't think so, but then "a virulently partisan person might make the claim in each of these cases."

"What is cut-and-run policy anyway?" the professor asked in a letter to the Chicago Tribune. "Surely there may be times when a country's objectives are better served by ending a conflict rather than continuing a course of violence where a favorable outcome is increasingly unlikely.

"What event in recent history can lay claim to being a paradigm example of what is a case of cut and run? I submit that it was the 1983 withdrawal of the Marines from Lebanon after their barracks were bombed. No serious retaliation for this attack was taken, and it has been widely reported that failure to respond forcefully led to the U.S. being regarded in the Mideast as unwilling to sacrifice our soldiers in a difficult conflict," he added.

Wilson pointed out, of course, that the president responsible for that cut and run was a Republican named Ronald Reagan.

In other words, either Democrats or the Republicans can accuse each other of being cut and runners, but it is all beside the point.

The real question is, what is in our country's best interest?

My favorite historian, the late Barbara Tuchman, wrote a masterpiece called "The March of Folly," in which she described four instances where leaders ignored all warnings and blindly went their way, ending with disastrous results. King George's insistence to get tough with the American colonists was one of them.

Now a U.S. president named George is embarked on a path of his own making that threatens to not only weaken us economically, but is spreading terrorism and Mayhem throughout the Mideast and beyond.

As Professor Wilson added in his letter, "The Bush administration as well as its congressional allies who put party ahead of country and Constitution are well along the way to ruining us. Our country faces many serious problems, ranging from huge deficits; a problematic health care system; security of our ports, transportation centers and borders; to our system of public education, a trade deficit and a failing energy policy, to list just a few."

KARL ROVE CAN CALL IT CUT AND RUN IF HE WANTS, BUT THERE'S NEVER BEEN A MORE IMPORTANT TIME TO GET OUR COUNTRY'S HOUSE AND PRIORITIES IN ORDER THAN RIGHT NOW.


Commentary By: Dave Zweifel
Madison.com
July 19, 2006



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