I continue to be indifferent to the surge, considering the debate over it that’s raging in the capitol largly a distraction from the real question: how do we muster the will to prevent us from allowing a catastrophe even greater than the one that’s going on now?
Some are not as indifferent. Rev. John Krenson makes the moral case for the surge at One Hand Clapping. Here’s a snippet:
The only moral course we have today among many poor choices is to successfully finish what we started. We have the technology. We have the military and industrial resources necessary. The question is do we have the will – the question asked of me personally in Afghanistan and of my comrades in Iraq. If we leave now as Mr. Kmiec demands, make no mistake that there will be a bloodbath of proportions we have yet to acknowledge or realize. It will make the casualty toll of the current insurgency look like a schoolyard fight. That, if for no other reason, should cause us to exercise our responsibility in Iraq. Anything less would be inhumane. We will succeed if we have the will to succeed.
I’m largely sympathetic to Rev. Krenson’s argument without the hope—I don’t believe that success as nearly anyone would define success is within our grasp in anything like an acceptable timeframe. I continue to believe that there are both a moral and pragmatic reasons for our maintaining a substantial military presence in Iraq.
The pragmatic argument depends entirely on whether we are better able to prevent the violence in Iraq from overflowing Iraq’s border while within Iraq or from outside and, try as I might, I haven’t been able to provoke anything like a substantial discussion of that question.