"No one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy.
-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, October 23, 2011
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. "
-- George Orwell, May 1945
"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue. ... The only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."
-- George Orwell, March 22, 1946
I offer up George Orwell' second quote in possibly partial defense of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assertion on "Meet the Press" Sunday that as the United States Government orders the final, complete retreat from Iraq, the United States government remains resolved to support Iraqi democracy.
Are Clinton's words designed to make lies sound truthful, or does she actually believe things she knows to be untrue?
Her statement is undeniably untrue. Our government has quite specifically given up its "resolve and commitment" to Iraqi democracy and to our own national security interests in the region. We have given up our armed force to resist the emerging armed forces of Iran and Turkey, and of Iraq's Kurds, Shia and Sunni militias. The Turks have already sent 10,000 troops into Iraq's Kurdish region to attack Kurdish terrorists.
As a prescient Washington Post editorial pointed out in April, "if our troops are forced to leave at the end of the year...next year Iraq will lack critical defense capacities: It will be unable to defend its airspace or borders, protect oil shipments or platforms in the Persian Gulf, or partner with U.S. special forces in raids against al-Qaida. Perhaps most seriously, American soldiers who have been serving as de facto peacekeepers in the city of Kirkuk and along the sensitive border zone between Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of the country will disappear. Many experts believe that in their absence violence could erupt between Kurds and Arabs."
In the place of U.S. armed forces as a material expression of our "resolve and commitment," Clinton offers the substitute of a "support and training mission similar to what we have in countries from Jordan to Colombia. ... We will also have a very robust diplomatic presence." This isn't "resolve and commitment." This is precisely the withdrawal of our resolve and commitment. It is, in fact, the grave digging of Iraqi democracy.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.