"Look, I can't sit in the third row of the bleachers and tell you exactly how we end this thing," he said. "And I'm not saying, Let's just pull 'em out, and who cares if the thing falls apart behind us. But the U.S. military wasn't built to be a police force, and we certainly shouldn't be the referees in a civil war. Iraq's neighbors are better positioned to handle that. We need to get the neighbors—including Syria and Iran—involved in stabilizing Iraq, but the Bush Administration has no interest in diplomacy." Webb's argument is flawed, but what Iraq scenario isn't? It should be the centerpiece of a serious national debate. But we remain a nation befogged by affluence and voyeurism, where the story of George Allen's mother is far more compelling than that of Jim Webb's son.
Shame on us.