“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
― Milton Friedman

“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Surging news

In case you have not been following my advice to check out Iraq the Model for first hand commentary about changes in Baghdad security:

Baghdad Plan Update.

It looked quiet from my place...

This post offers a nice view of what actually occurred in the parliamentary debate, which was described very differently by the New York Times.

Sources: Operation Baghdad starts on February 5.

Update: 4:39PM The Democracy Project nails it:

No, the “surge” is not a magic bullet. Indeed, far more is needed, all up and down the line from military to diplomatic force. But, it is having some important results, even now when just starting. We should be demanding the far more that is needed.

Instead, many are folding their tents and by their silence deserting into the night. Instead, the line must be held against the counterproductive various resolutions in Congress, which only work for politicians catering to weak will for their own personal interests in holding office, and which only serve the enemy that depends on surrenders and spinelessness in Washington for what they can’t and won’t achieve on the battlefield or in the hearts and minds of the locals.

Arguments for conscience and sense that neither serve conscience or sense, because they spell defeat and worse consequences, are smokescreens.

It’s that clear.

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