Jesse takes issue with this Wolfowitz quote:
The number two Pentagon official said reducing American casualties in Iraq was more important than bringing US troops back home — and pointed to the rising Iraqi death toll as evidence this strategy was working.
“I’m more concerned about bringing down our casualties than bringing down our numbers,” Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said in an interview with PBS television’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” program. “And it is worth saying that since June 1, there have been more Iraqi police and military killed in action than Americans.”
Jesse then states:
The point, my friends, is not to make sure that the toilet works. The point is to make sure someone else is in the bathroom when it overflows.
I would like to see some context, but even without context Jesse is leaping to conclusions, making the worst possible interpretation of the remarks. I may be wrong, but I would be willin tobet that Wolfowitz’s line of thinking is that he would like to stop all of the fatalities, but that he would rather work to keep American casualties down first.
That sounds callous and unthinking, but there is a reasoning behind it. While it mayappear that we are throwing Iraqi’s to the wind, if the insurgency is attacking only Iraqi’s, or mainly Iraqi’s, two things happen. This battle becomes less legitimate in the eyes of jihadists, as this is muslim on muslim violence, rather than jihadists fighting the Great Satan. Second, the primary goal of this endeavor is to give ownership of Iraq to Iraqi’s and that ownership will translate into a population steeled against the minority of insurgents. That is the whole point of not delaying the elections.
I may be wrong, but I would like to see some context.