National Review’s Kurtz: The Goal in Iraq is ‘Proof of Resolve Against Iran’ Not ‘Peace and Democracy’

This morning, The National Review’s Stanley Kurtz explained the real purpose of U.S. operations in Iraq:

We need to see peace and democracy in Iraq is icing on the cake. The real goal is the proof of resolve against Iran and others. If the public sees that, it might change its view of what’s important and what success means.

So 2377 U.S. troops (and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians) have died, not to accomplish anything meaningful in Iraq, but to “prove” something to Iran and other countries.

This is the kind of warped perspective that’s necessary to justify the President’s approach. It doesn’t matter how unsuccessful the strategy is, “staying the course” is an end unto itself.