The Bowels of Christ

We have seen temporizing, cautious, indecisive partial action (in Yugoslavia and Iraq in the 1990s), and we have seen impetuous, blind, decisive full action (in Iraq subsequently). The short-comings of the latter do not excuse the short-comings of the former, which, arguably, led us from one to the other. We chose you for your prudence and judgment, that you might successfully wind down the wars you would inherit. On the whole, you have done as well as could be expected, and we still hope for acceptable resolutions. We did not choose you to start a new and unnecessary war. That our humanity prays for the welfare and freedom of our fellow human beings does not make this our fight as Americans. We have the power to prolong suffering but not to deliver from it. Mr. President, in the words of Oliver Cromwell, I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.

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