[Pictured above: Sir Michael Rose live from Hay-on-Wye, Wales.]
Bore da i chi! This has all the makings of another great novel (or perhaps my next motion picture screenplay, if I can only beat Gore Vidal to the punch): Welsh Woodstock, Washington's (newest) War, and Iraq Withdrawal (Dim gobaith caneri gyda Bush!)
A British military leader is saying the war in Iraq is lost, and he's using the platform of the Mid Wales Hay Literary Festival (what Bill Clinton called the 'Woodstock of the Mind') as his bullypulpit.
Once again international attention is upon Wales, which raises the question, 'Is Wales the centre of the Universe, and does the River Wye mark the great divide that separates Washington from Baghdad?' (just kidding, well, sort of).
So in the Welsh 'court' we have a British warrior announcing the war is lost and that we need to withdraw (Dim gobaith caneri gyda Bush), while in Washington's moral wasteland we have Bush announcing the troops will stay for 50 years -- high drama & political intrigue? Shakespeare's King Lear comes to mind . . .
And for the REAL TRUTH about what Bush & Blair have planned in Iraq:
50 More Years in Iraq?
By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Thursday, May 31, 2007; 12:52 PM
The White House, long irritated by the frequent use of Vietnam as a metaphor for Iraq, embraced its own analogy yesterday: South Korea.
There's an undeniable attraction to holding up America's military presence in South Korea as a model for Iraq: Our soldiers stationed there aren't dying in large numbers every month.
But in other ways, the analogy is troubling. And flawed. And dangerous. And telling.
It's troubling because American troops have been in South Korea for more than 50 years -- while polls show the American public wants them out of Iraq within a year.
It's flawed because in South Korea, unlike Iraq, there's something concrete to defend (the border with North Korea); and because Iraq, unlike South Korea, happens to be in a state of violent civil war.
Read 50 More Years in Iraq?
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