Sandmonkey the Model
There is some irony to the fact that the Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey has quit posting out fear of the Egyptian police, while Iraq the Model continues to thrive. But it's also a reminder that the wars against Israel and the September 11 attack on America were nurtured in Arab regimes that "realists" are fond of contrasting with Iraq. One concrete question that we might ask ourselves, were we in the Sandmonkey's shoes, is where to turn now? I am sure that radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood have answers ready to supply. But does the West? And after the "withdrawal" is completed and all we are left with are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and a Pakistan teeming with al-Qaeda, how different will things be from the days before September 11?
It is fair enough to speak of President Bush lacking a strategy in the war on terror, but it is also legitimate to ask of what the strategy of withdrawal consists. Is it an end in itself? Does it lead to something else? I think one of the reasons the debate in antiwar circles is so focused on the past, on intelligence missteps, on what Joe Wilson did or didn't do, on what Valerie Plame was or wasn't -- is because nobody wants to talk about what they plan to do in the future. Assuming there is something they plan to do.