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George Will Makes Headlines Without Making News | September 4, 2009

Why is it news for a columnist to say we need to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan? Because he’s Republican? Because he wears a terrible wig?

George Will on Iraq:

If, in spite of contrary evidence, the U.S. surge permanently dampened sectarian violence, all U.S. forces can come home sooner than the end of 2011. If, however, the surge did not so succeed, U.S. forces must come home sooner.

George Will on Afghanistan:

So, instead, forces should be substantially reduced to serve a comprehensively revised policy: America should do only what can be done from offshore, using intelligence, drones, cruise missiles, airstrikes and small, potent Special Forces units, concentrating on the porous 1,500-mile border with Pakistan, a nation that actually matters.

Except, besides the left wetting themselves over this conservative agreeing with what they’ve (correctly) been saying for years, this isn’t news. George Will has spoken of pulling out of the atrocities for years. (I mean, the wars got Bush re-elected, why are we still there?)

George Will: Bleakness in Iraq (2006)

George Will: A War Still Seeking a Mission (2007)

George Will: Call Him John The Careless (2008)

George Will is a professional columnist. And he’s well known. Why is it so strange for a thinking person to think rationally about something like the shameless war in Iraq?

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