“When I was on book tour in California last week,” Tom Ricks writes, “some people attending one of my signings were arguing for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and said that they understood that a genocidal civil war might break out there — but didn’t care.” Ricks wonders: “Do a lot of Americans see it that way?”
I don’t know about ordinary Americans, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they felt pretty confused. After all, many of those who should know better — the wise, the educated, the influential — are calling for a swift withdrawal regardless of the consequences. Here’s how Andrew Sullivan sums it up:
The place will go to hell when we leave. Which is not a reason to stay.
What puts Sullivan in a class of his own is that unlike many other pullout advocates, he acknowledges the likelihood of disaster yet flaunts his callousness shamelessly. This is particularly presumptuous coming from a man who supported the stupid goddamn war.