I have been saying for some time that if we retreat from Iraq that it would be the end of American power and legitimacy around the world. It seems simple to me, but is evidently more obscure to others.
But Mark Steyn, in his Sunday Chicago Sun-Times column, manages to sum it up succinctly.
I happened to be plugging my book on a local radio show this week just as a Minnesota “conservative” (ish) Democrat joined the herd of stampeding donkeys explaining why they were now disowning their vote in favor of the Iraq war. What a sorry sight. It’s not a question of whether you’re “for” or “against” a war. Once you’re in it, the choice is to win it or lose it. And, if you’re arguing for what will look to most of the world like the latter option, you better understand what the consequences are. In this case, it would, in effect, end the American moment.
And please don’t claim that leaving Iraq before they are ready would not be a defeat. I’m sure that the U.S. media would not portray it as such but I am equally sure that everyone else in the world would not be fooled. It would be perceived as a defeat throughout the Muslim world which would encourage more attacks, since we would have shown that we can be defeated.