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O'Reilly triangulates on Iraq

Reported by Chrish - July 13, 2007 -

In the Talking Points Memo tonight 7/12/07, Bill O'Reilly seems to have given up on Iraq but not on Bush. He's done the big flip-flop and has now joined the ranks of the cut-'n-runners, although he takes this stance with great reluctance. From this day forward the term will be redeployment or drawdown.
With video.

O'Reilly agreed with Bush that withdrawing from Iraq, while what the majority of Americans want, will harm the US and could lead to greater conflict later on down the road. Bush is correct in wanting to sustain the war in Iraq. But, he said, there comes a time when enough is enough; we won't lose this war just as we didn't lose in Viet Nam, we're just exhausted. It doesn't help that the Iraqi government is incompetent and the people ungrateful. (!!)

O'Reilly cited a poll that said only 6% of Iraqis strongly support US forces staying in Iraq, while 78% somewhat or strongly oppose. The fine print indicated the poll was over 4 months old, pre-escalation, though obviously the numbers couldn't be much worse now.

O'Reilly said (again) that we tried to do a noble thing in Iraq, and Points despises "those who are rooting against the effort." (Who are these people?) But he understands the frustration that good people feel over a country that may not even want to be free. Comment: So the people who have seen that this is not a "winnable" war, finally, are good, frustrated Americans, while those who have said all along that we should get out (or not have gone in in the first place) are somehow despicable.

Still, he'll give them to September (pushing his deadline back yet again) but it's unlikely Iraq will be a democracy any time soon. He pronounced it tragic and depressing, complicated and dangerous, and a stone around America's neck.

I think this is what is meant by triangulation. He still supports Bush's ideals and goals, but says it's time to get out. He is rueful, but defiant about his previous support. He is frustrated with the Iraqis and the government there, but contemptuous of people who saw this coming. In the end, it's all about O'Reilly's image, and O'Reilly. Is. Never. Wrong.