May 10, 2008

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Next Four Years But Were Afraid To Ask

In the latest NYRB, a downbeat analysis of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, concluding with the following remark:
To me the logic of events seems inescapable. Unless something quite unexpected happens, four years from now the presidential candidates will be arguing about two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one going into its ninth year, the other into its eleventh. The choice will be the one Americans hate most—get out or fight on.

— Thomas Powers, "Iraq: Will We Ever Get Out?" April 30, 2008, in The New York Review of Books

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