This one ought to raise a few hackles

30 Mar

Maybe even result in some threats.

I wish to posit an idea: The U.S. lost the war in Iraq.

This is the important point–our troops did not lose the war. They have done everything asked of them, and more, in a place where sane people fear to tread.

Their commander-in-chief, however, and his advisors, lost the war, right after the CinC put on a flight suit and landed on an aircraft carrier to deliver a speech in front of a “mission accomplished” banner.

Our troops accomplished their mission–to remove Saddam Hussein from power–but our leaders lost the war by not being prepared for the post-mission tasks and challenges. And now Iraq is a disaster, a quagmire, and no one is happy that the U.S. is still there–with no signs of leaving anytime soon.

Has everyone in our executive branch and the Pentagon forgotten the basics? Objective, strategy and tactics. They haven’t figured out what the real objective is–a peaceful, democratic Iraq. They say the objective is bringing democracy to Iraq, but they leave out the peaceful part. And if you don’t understand that you’re trying to bring peace and democracy to a nation, your strategies and tactics are going to fail.

Of course, if we didn’t have a president who wanted to ride the bomb all the way down, we wouldn’t have this problem.

I don’t ordinarily like to say “I told you so” to people, but to those in Ohio who voted for Bush, we tried to tell you.

Anyway, I’m out of here for about ten days. Go ahead and leave flames, jokes, deep thoughts, and other stuff in the comments. They’ll show up eventually.


3 Responses to “This one ought to raise a few hackles”

  1. fitnessfortheoccasion March 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    What you are saying isn’t that controversial. We have lost the war in Iraq. Simply because we did not prepare for the aftermath, as you said.

    I don’t think that they have fully left out a peaceful Iraq as a goal though. Can you point to any quotes that might support this point?

    It would be nice to have a President who acknowledges reality, and takes bold action to protect the lives of our troops and the Iraqis. Hopefully 2008 will yield a candidate with principles and vision.

  2. Sam Snead March 30, 2007 at 4:18 pm #

    A war is lost only when one side quits. The quitter loses.

  3. fitnessfortheoccasion March 30, 2007 at 4:20 pm #

    So no war was ever won? WWII? WWI? The Revolutionary War?


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