"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, told students and faculty at the University of South Dakota Monday that the United States should pull out of Iraq and leave a small force there, just as it did post-war in Korea and Germany.
"It was an enormous mistake for us to try to occupy that country after June of 2003," Gingrich said during a question-and-answer session at the school. "We have to pull back, and we have to recognize it."
But lest anyone think that the most powerful man in America named after an amphibian has grown generally wise, note that he has failed to learn the essential lesson of the Iraqi debacle, and is primed to repeat it:
Gingrich told the students their generation was entering a dangerous period - just as dangerous or more than that of the Cold War. He said the best move would be to replace Iran's government by organizing opposition within Iran.
A student asked if that would be possible now, considering the United States' involvement in Iraq.
"Could we do it technically? Yes," Gingrich said. "We're not using much of our Navy or Air Force.
"If Iranians don't think you're prepared to replace their government, they'll never consider (a) deal."
Sure, let's pursue regime change in Iran next - I'm sure that we'll be greeted as liberators, with flowers.