posted on Jul, 1 2006 @ 06:31 AM
Thanks for posting the article, Will. It was a fascinating and worthwile read - nice to get a fresh perspective on the Iraq situation.
This is not to say, however, that I agree with all of it's conclusions. One thing is perfectly clear: the situation in Iraq is so damn murky right
now that none of us really knows what's going on, and the best we can do is, well...speculate. That is what everyone's been doing since this whole
Regardless of how people spin the data, American troops continue to die in Iraq. I just got done reading the ABCnews.com summaries of troop
fatalities there, and I count about forty as of June 27. Practically all of them are the result of IED's, and it makes me wonder, are Iraqi citizens
getting paid for placing them on the roadsides? That's and interesting question, and relates to what may have occured in Haditha late last year.
Has killing coalition troops has turned into a profitable blood-sport? I suspect that the true state of Iraq today is one in which every political
faction, ethnic group, and individual is looking out for their own interest above all else. This is the natural order of things.
I would also like to point out that the percentage of voter participation is NOT always a reliable indicator of progress. During Vietnam, increasing
voter participation among South Vietnamese was touted by the Johnson administration as evidence that we were winning the war.
The funny thing is this: although this war is definitely NOT the same as Vietnam in terms of casualty numbers and logistical aspects, it IS nearly the
same in terms of the kind of political commitments that we've made.
Remember, by 1968 most Americans knew the war in Vietnam was a disaster, whether they were willing to admit it or not. Still, it took us another five
years to come up with an acceptable means of withdrawl by way of the cease-fire agreement of 1973. What makes us think that we can stop this war?
Even if both the Democrats and Republicans agree it's time to leave, our claws are sunk so deep in this conflict that I'm afraid we'll be there for
years. Once started, a war like this isn't something you can just "turn off" at the push of a button.