TITLE

Mission Incomplete

PUB. DATE
May 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;5/26/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 20, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
"The New Republic" magazine believed, and believes, in the war against Saddam Hussein. The destruction of Iraqi tyranny and the creation of Iraqi democracy are potentially revolutionary events, audacious responses to a moral horror that degraded and threatened the Middle East. The fighting is now done, and it was stunning. But, even as it glories in the military attainment of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Bush administration is scanting the political attainment it promised would go along with it. In the coming months, the Bush team plans a swift and drastic reduction of our forces, to diminish our presence in Iraq from the 130,000 troops we have there now to 30,000 troops by the fall of 2003. The bad joke is that 130,000 troops are themselves insufficient for what we must still accomplish. The administration's plan is nothing less than a retreat from historical responsibility, a scandal. Three reasons, after all, were offered for this war: weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and democracy. As for Iraq's links to terrorism, the evidence was always weak, and a month of American occupation has not made them stronger. That leaves democracy, the genuinely stirring attempt to establish a liberal order in an Arab country. This involves more than a restoration of order on the streets.
ACCESSION #
9772465

 

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