In a punishing and brutal editorial, the NY Times finally acknowledges that enough is enough –
It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit.
The Times justifies its delay in coming to this conclusion but then goes on to excoriate the present leadership in Washington.
At first, we believed that after destroying Iraqâ€™s government, army, police and economic structures, the United States was obliged to try to accomplish some of the goals Mr. Bush claimed to be pursuing, chiefly building a stable, unified Iraq. When it became clear that the president had neither the vision nor the means to do that, we argued against setting a withdrawal date while there was still some chance to mitigate the chaos that would most likely follow.
This is long overdue and given the Times’ complicity a la Judy Miller in the invasion in the first place almost pathetic. How many of our loved ones had to died before they finally stood up? Read it here
UPDATE:This breaks my heart…Lnc Cpl Steven A. Stacey, 23, of Coos Bay, died July 5, 2007, in Karma, Iraq. Arrangements are pending with Coos Bay Chapel, 267-3131.
Published in The World from 7/7/2007 – 7/8/2007.