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December 20, 2006

More Successful Kenneth Pollack Success

Justin Logan has dug up this excellent quote from Kenneth Pollack speaking a few days ago at the American Enterprise Institute about the dangers of getting out of Iraq:

"It would be a grand social science experiment. And given the history out there, I can’t demonstrate, I can’t prove to you that that social science experiment would fail catastrophically, but the risks, the warnings of history are stark enough to me that I would really prefer not to find out."

Here's Kenneth Pollack on page 338 of his book The Threatening Storm:

Imagine how different the Middle East and the world would be if a new Iraqi state were stable, prosperous, and a force for progress in the region, not a source of violence and instability. Imagine if we could rebuild Iraq as a model of what a modern Arab state could be, showing the frustrated and disenfranchised of the Arab world what they should be trying to fashion. Imagine if there were a concrete symbol demonstrating that America seeks to help the Arab world rather than repress. Invading Iraq might not just be our least bad alternative, it potentially could be our best course of action.

Posted at December 20, 2006 12:11 PM | TrackBack

I'm beginning to think the neocons are afraid that if we left, Iraq might eventually recover.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at December 20, 2006 02:56 PM

The neocons added an amendment to the constitution (you didn't see it?): "The United States shall be in a perpetual state of war."

So, now here's the dilemma. If before we attack Iran there's even a 5-minute period with no war (say in Iraq), the president will be impeached.

We don't want that to happen, hence staying the course.

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at December 20, 2006 03:56 PM

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

-- John Lennon
Late Foreign Policy Expert

Posted by: SPIIDERWEB™ at December 20, 2006 06:02 PM

Jonathan, you are too funny.

Posted by: Sky-Ho at December 20, 2006 07:27 PM

Ontogeny re-tautologizes neoprogeny.

Posted by: MarcLord at December 21, 2006 01:22 AM

So em... is Ken's book safely ensconced in the remainder bins now?

Posted by: wkmaier at December 21, 2006 06:23 AM

wkmaier - you can get a copy of Ken's book The Threatening Storm - The Case for Invading Iraq for one cent plus $3.49 shipping - go to or

Posted by: mistah charley at December 21, 2006 09:14 AM