Jonah and a whale of an idea

May 15th, 2006

A few weeks ago, best viagra seek Jonah Goldberg wrote a brilliant column calling for a referendum to be held in Iraq as to whether or not the Iraqis wanted us to stay.

I LOVE this idea.

If they vote “yes” to us staying, pilule it immediately legitimizes our continuing presence.

If they vote “no” it provides us with a definite end point. (Jonah believes they’d never vote for us to leave. I’m not so sure, physician but I’d also be happy to accept that outcome.)

What seems strange to me is that absolutely no one else seems to find this idea interesting.

Are we afraid of letting the Iraqis have a real democratic choice as to whether or not we’re in their country?

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rick  |  May 15th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Yes. But is that bad? My guess is that the Germans would have voted us out in ’45 as well. What if they want us out to establish a radical Islamic theocracy? Would that be good for the world? I’m not necessarily saying that we should stay there if a majority does not want us, but I don’t know if I’m ready to reduce the question to that.

  • 2. Administrator  |  May 15th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

    But if we aren’t willing to reduce the question to that after three legitimate elections on Iraq than I would contend we are, in fact, occupiers.

  • 3. Clint  |  May 16th, 2006 at 7:48 am

    I would be open to such a referendum.

  • 4. Nick  |  May 16th, 2006 at 9:15 am

    I read that article when it came out… and almost commented on it. The one thing that I thought was bad about it was that Jonah basically suggested that we should have the referendum in Iraq, but then do everything we could short of actually rigging it, to rig the outcome. It seemed like a disingenuous idea the way he wrote it.

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