After a visit to Iraq, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, John Warner, is downbeat about American efforts in Iraq. Yesterday he told press that things had to change within months, or else:
Echoing the sentiments of several leading Democrats on his committee, Warner said he believes the United States may have to reevaluate its approach in Iraq if the situation does not improve dramatically over the next several months.
“I assure you, in two or three months, if this thing hasn’t come to fruition and if this level of violence is not under control and this government able to function, I think it’s a responsibility of our government internally to determine: Is there a change of course that we should take?” Warner said. “And I wouldn’t take off the table any option at this time.”
Even if Warner’s on the ground assessment is accurate (it may very well be), it is misguided to make these comments. He might as well email Ahmadinejad and his cohorts in Iran to let them know that all they have to do is make life even more violent and difficult in the burgeoning Democracy over the next couple months to get the U.S. to consider abandoning the mission.
Next, Warner’s comments ignore the very real probability that violence will escalate over the next month rather than decrease. Our enemy in Iraq does not exist in a vacuum. They know that this country is having a national discussion about this war over the next month leading up to November 7. Don’t you think they would like to make the front page news as violent and distasteful as possible leading up to that date in order to win some sort of referendum about Iraq?