Thursday, November 09, 2006

What now?

Yesterday Dave asked a great question. I think it was rhetorical, but still. The answer is. It's no longer happening.

I don't want to sound politically petulant because it's really not where this is coming from. I support our war effort wholeheartedly. The American people have spoken, however. They didn't speak with one voice. They weren't necessarily saying that they don't support the effort. In fact, I think only a minority say that. But effectively they elected a leadership that does not support the effort.

That leadership is going to find the fastest way to lose this war they can without suffering too much politically.

To paraphrase John Kerry, "how do you ask someone to be the last man to die for a war that our people and government are abandoning?"

Many have posited that America has one year to pacify Iraq (which is only part of winning the war). There's no way that's going to happen, especially when our enemies now know that we are on a de facto time table. If this is true, then we should pull up stakes and go into Pat Buchanan "fortress America" mode. We can no longer project power to fight our enemies. Our people simply don't have the patience for the long war.

It's been said by people much smarter than me that we will lose this war in America, not in Iraq. Tuesday was our Waterloo in my opinion. We effectively gave up by voting in people who advocate giving up.