Take the deal
So the Bush administration is looking at troop cuts
in Iraq. It makes sense -- and I agree that McCain could politically benefit from the reductions. One of the concerns about McCain has been that he's too stubbornly wedded to the stick-it-out plan. The cuts will show that Republicans know how to wind down a war as well as start a war, assuming the cuts aren't transparently geared toward the general election. Never underestimate the electorate's ability to detect cynicism. ... I liked Glenn's reaction
last week to the Iraq government's demand for a U.S. withdrawal timetable: 'Sure.' And why not? It's a no-brainer. Glenn thinks we'd leave victorious. I think we'd leave somewhere in that messy and murky area in between victory and defeat. But we'd be leaving. And I think we can thank the surge for it. ...
Speaking of the war, I haven't seen HBO's new 'Generation Kill'
series. I doubt I will, partially because I already have an idea in my head how they'll treat the book on which it's based -- a fear confirmed in this Slate review
. I initially
liked Generation Kill
when it was published. I was hungry then for any information on Iraq beyond scattered and confused news accounts. Yet, in retrospect, the book by Rolling Stone writer Evan Wright was, well, a Rolling Stone version of war, ultimately, complete with GIs in Humvees (instead of Vietnam-era helicopters) and pop music (instead of the Doors) and Hunter S. Thompson zaniness etc., etc. ...