Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Tar Pit

With sunken eyes and hang-dog mouth, looking downer than he's ever looked before, the President of the United States yesterday insisted that this country must plant its foot ever more firmly in the tar pit that is Iraq.

We cannot pull it out. We do not dare. Iraq would fall apart into three nations if we did. The Turkish prime minister has claimed that Turkey has the right to invade Iraq to suppress Kurdish rebels. After all, the U.S. did it. Iran is eying southern Iraq. Saudi Arabia would extend friendship to its brother Sunnis in Anbar province. Iraq could split three ways.

So our boots on the ground are stuck in a tar pit. Like dinosaurs trapped in the La Brea tar pits, we may be there a while.

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