Former CIA analyst Robert Baer (author of a new novel, and of See No Evil, which became the film Syriana) said on the Charlie Rose show the other night what so many of us believe: Iraq is a total failure, and the presence of American troops is only making things worse for Iraqis. Baer told guest host Brian Ross that the answer (this is not verbatim) was to admit the failure and change the policy now. And to try and build an international coalition now to shore up Iraqi security, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey. (Maybe Syria, too, huh?) First George Bush must do something very brave, though not nearly as brave as what he is asking American kids to do every day, and renounce his policy. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone, including centrists and Republican and Democratic pols, would help him do this?
P.S. Baer also said that the Iran situation threatens to set off world war.