Natalie Solent

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Friday, December 02, 2005
 
Dawson writes:
this may be ...not up yr current alley, but were I still blogging (and don't we all thank Christ I'm not)
Oooh, I dunno about that. Longtime readers - and I'm talking real longtime readers, going back to the misty dawn of the blogging era in 2001 (as he himself said, "blog years are like dog years"), will remember that Dawson's now departed blog was one of the pioneers. Anyway, Dawson continues:
I'd...beg somone to read this! Not as good as Mark Steyn or VDH...but a fresh prespective, and damn well said me thinks.


This is what he is recommending. A Der Spiegel interview with Robert Kagan: "The War is More Popular than Bush." An extract:
SPIEGEL: You were a strong advocate of the Iraq war. Iraq is still unstable, with more than 2,000 American troops dead. Many of the war's supporters are having second thoughts. What's your position on Iraq today?

Kagan: Not only do I not think that we should be pulling out, I don't think we should be reducing our forces. And I think we're going to be in Iraq five years from now, if not longer. The consequences of leaving Iraq are really very bad.

SPIEGEL: But will voters appreciate the abstract dangers of a withdrawal at a time when very real body bags are returning from Iraq every day?

Kagan: We will sustain this. We stayed in Vietnam for quite some time, suffering 50,000 casualties. It is true that the United States, like all democracies, is sensitive to casualties, but not as sensitive as people think. And Sept. 11 did have an impact on the amount of casualties Americans are willing to tolerate.

SPIEGEL: You really think the American public would accept 50,000 casualties?

Kagan: 50,000 at the present rate would take 50 years. We're not talking 50,000 casualties in Iraq. Or 50 years.