It’s rare that we post two clips from one show in one night, but it seems appropriate in this case. Bill O’Reilly talked Iraq withdrawal with Rend al-Rahim, a former Iraqi ambassador to the US, and to many ears O’R comes off as defeatist on the war. I’ve watched it a couple of times and I’m not sure what I think about it. He definitely seems to advocate “retreating and regrouping” at the end, though in the strategic context of Iraq that doesn’t make a lot of sense–when we retreat, it will be the Iranians and Syrians who do the regrouping and the marauding while we descend into recriminations over What Went Wrong. Iraq after a hasty US retreat would become a Somalia writ large. Getting out prematurely won’t unify us, won’t heal anything and will end up leaving Iraq in total chaos. I doubt that that’s what O’Reilly has in mind, though I’m sure he is fed up with the war. That much came through loud and clear. So as I said, I’m just not sure what to think about it. So I thought I’d post it and let you all chew on it.