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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Rice Makes Compelling Case for Iraq Withdrawl

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a strong sense of irony. On Tuesday, when discussing the US government's tough stance against Syria after the recent bombing that killed Lebanon's former prime minister, she challenged Syria's contention that its troops are needed to provide security for the pro-Syrian Lebanese government.

"There is no doubt the conditions created by Syria's presence there have created a destabilized situation in Lebanon," she told CNN. "That is very clear to everyone."

I won't bother to challenge her assertion, because in this case I want to accept her justification to make a point. The US government wants Syria to remove its troops from Lebanon – troops that are there at the Lebanese government's request – because of one car bombing that has "destabilized" the region.

Using her logic, shouldn't the US be pulling out its troops from Iraq? There are multiple car bombings every day all over Iraq, the nation is as destabilized as it can get thanks to our invasion, and the vast majority of Iraqis blame the US for the situation.

CNN's reporter for this story apparently didn't see the irony and – big surprise – didn't ask that question.


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