How to Win the Iraq Argument

June 2, 2007 at 10:42 pm

The majority of people believe that the war in Iraq is not being run or managed well. When discussing the Iraq War, a winning platform would be to emphasize a “successful end” to the war.

Some strategies and interesting points:

  • What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is one of the best ways to characterize the current Iraq policy.
  • Ask people what progress they think has been made in Iraq.
  • Is terrorism a bigger problem now than before 9/11?
  • Do you do business overseas? Has the Iraq War been better or worse for you economically?
  • World War II took 5 years, we’re now in our 4th in Iraq
  • What has been the cost to our country? Especially, since most of the war has been funded by borrowing, what’s the cost to our children?

We should:

  • State that we are for a “successful end” to this war

We should not:

  • Withdraw the troops before the job is done
  • Talk about timetables
  • Discuss any type of policy
    • If the “how will you accomplish this?” trap is laid, here’s how to handle it. Success will be determined by listening to the experts on this war. This includes the Iraq study group.
    • Note how George W. Bush always handles this. He refers to the “boots on the ground” know what’s best. Not only does this relieve him of any responsibility, but he can avoid talking about policy. Note: If Bush disagrees with the boots on the ground, he has them replaced.