Remember when Pres. Carter said US troops were igniting more violence?

I’m having trouble finding time to read Steven Vincent’s IN THE RED ZONE. I feel particularly guilty about this since the publisher sent me a copy. I’ll finish soon and provide MO readers with a full review and a couple quotes. I promise.

(Here’s a short teaser review: It’s excellent.)

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on Mr. Vincent’s blog. Today he runs a series of quotations from various folks about the upcoming Iraqi elections. And he closes with:

Lastly, consider this comment from the New York Times about the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
[F]or the ordinary people of Iraq…it is difficult to imagine how their lives could be anything but better with the American gone

Actually, I’m cheating here. That last quote is from Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg and he was not talking about Iraq, but Indochina. Schanberg expressed the sentiment that life would improve for the people of that region once the U.S. pulled out in a front-page article dated April 13, 1975.

Four days later, Cambodia fell to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

The blog is worth keeping an eye on. And the book is worth buying, even though I haven’t run my full review yet. A review will run on MO within a week. Probably.