In search of a solution

Give The Times some credit today for trying to put forth a path in Iraq in a major editorial. Whether it is a plan, I’m not sure. And I wish it were signed so the discussion could continue, person-to-person, idea-for-idea. But still, it is an effort to have the right discussion, which is how to get the Iraqi people out of this mess.

And it sure beats the White House’s pronouncement that it will no longer say “stay the course.” Because, of course, you can’t stay the course if you can’t find the course to stay. They’re not saying what they’re going to do or not do. They’re saying what they’re not going to say.

Since when did Jon Stewart start writing for Tony Snow?

  • For all the talk of timetables for Iraq, there has been little discussion of the timetable that must be handed to George W. Bush. The president cannot leave office with American troops still dying in an Iraq that staggers along just short of civil war, on behalf of no concrete objective other than “get the job done,”

    Now there is something I can agree with. Isn’t our government supposed to serve the people instead of vice versa? Instead of it telling us what we must do … what we must endure… as far as Iraq is concerned, we need to turn the tables on it and tell it what it needs to do and then hold the administration to it! After all, isn’t that the embodiment of the “democratic” ideal we were supposed to be “exporting” to the Middle East in the first place??

    I also agree the US needs to demonstrate a serious willingness to expand its dialogue with Damascus and Tehran beyond the issue of Iraq and to be a genuine broker for Middle East peace.

    As an aside, there is an interesting survey of Iraqi bloggers at (