In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Penance?

Yes, Clear Politics is a shroudless game, but played day in and day out none the less. Though, what do you say when one side so completely unveils the Clear Politics of the other, leaving them standing naked in a breezy hallway? Well, columnist Mark Brown has spotted his nudity, and may be prepared for penance:

Penance could be required

But on Sunday, we caught a glimpse of the flip side. We could finally see signs that a majority of the Iraqi people perceive something to be gained from this brave new world we are forcing on them.

Instead of making the elections a further expression of "Yankee Go Home," their participation gave us hope that all those soldiers haven't died in vain.

Obviously, I'm still curious to see if Bush is willing to allow the Iraqis to install a government that is free to kick us out or to oppose our other foreign policy efforts in the region.

So is the rest of the world.

For now, though, I think we have to cut the president some slack about a timetable for his exit strategy.

If it turns out Bush was right all along, this is going to require some serious penance.

Maybe I'd have to vote Republican in 2008.



posted at 08:26:26 on 02/01/05 by clearpolitics - Category: The Cause - [Permalink]

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