The Empire Digs In

More

Eli Lake notes a big increase in military purchasing of items that would require serious US training and assistance. He also notes that much of it would not be delivered until 2012. Moreover, the usual defense industries look set to make serious money off it all. And so invasions become like government programs. They never end, they develop domestic constituencies, and they keep extending American reach throughout the world, even as the country teeters into economic and fiscal collapse.

Tom Ricks is also convinced that we cannot get out of Iraq in any meaningful way. That remains my fear about the decision in 2007. Maybe the surge did work as a tactical means to calm the place (as I didn't predict). But maybe 2007 was also the last real chance to get out (as I suspected). Once Bush doubled down again, he was making it impossible for the US not to be in Iraq for ... a hundred years, as McCain once dreamed of.

Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

How have stories changed in the age of social media? The minds behind House of Cards, This American Life, and The Moth discuss.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down