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March 25, 2013
Steyn on Iraq's 'Fair Weather Hawks'
Leave it to Mark Steyn to get to the nub of a matter and illuminate some grand truths. In NRO, Steyn takes on the hollowness of American power and points to those who first supported the Iraq War and then tiptoed away from it as proof: Like the bland acknowledgement deep in a State Department "International Religious Freedom Report" that the last church in Afghanistan was burned to the ground in 2010, it testifies to the superpower's impotence, not "internationally" but in client states entirely bankrolled by us. Foreigners see this more clearly than Americans. As Goh Chok Tong, the prime minister of Singapore, said on a visit to Washington in 2004, "The key issue is no longer WMD or even the role of the U.N. The central issue is America's credibility and will to prevail." Just so. If you live in Tikrit or Fallujah, the Iraq War was about Iraq. If you live anywhere else on the planet, the Iraq War was about America, and the unceasing drumbeat of "quagmire" and "exit...(Read Full Post)