Nov 25, 2007

A purpose-driven foreign policy

One of the quickest ways to success in life is to lower one's expectations. It can be very necessary if one is paralyzed by ideas of perfection, or merely convenient if one is lonely at a bar as last call approaches.

Which leads us to the White House. According to the New York Times, the Bush administration has lowered its expectations in Iraq as a way to rack up a few political victories.

This sudden rush of pragmatism seems less like wisdom and more like beer-goggle foreign policy. As the hour of last call approaches for the president, he seems anxious to trade on the relative success of his surge (binge) to get something, anything, even if it's a lot less than what he wanted going in.

A drinker's logic never dies.

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