I don’t know what to make of the claims that we’re finally making progress in Iraq, because we’ve been lied to so many times already. So this is significant:
U.S. Rep. Brian Baird said Thursday that his recent trip to Iraq convinced him the military needs more time in the region, and that a hasty pullout would cause chaos that helps Iran and harms U.S. security.
“I believe that the decision to invade Iraq and the post-invasion management of that country were among the largest foreign-policy mistakes in the history of our nation. I voted against them, and I still think they were the right votes,” Baird said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C.
“But we’re on the ground now. We have a responsibility to the Iraqi people and a strategic interest in making this work.”
…Baird said he would not say this if he didn’t believe two things:
â€¢ “One, I think we’re making real progress.”
â€¢ “Secondly, I think the consequences of pulling back precipitously would be potentially catastrophic for the Iraqi people themselves, to whom we have a tremendous responsibility â€¦ and in the long run chaotic for the region as a whole and for our own security.”
Baird was my Congressman when I lived in Washington, and Iâ€™ve been getting his constituent e-mails for years. If he believes weâ€™re finally making progress in Iraq, then so do I. Itâ€™s one thing for invasion-boosters (as I was) to claim progress, as theyâ€™ve pretty much been doing that all along, but when invasion-bashers make these claims, itâ€™s news.
Link via Protein Wisdom.