Carol Platt Liebau: Afraid of Victory?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Afraid of Victory?

It does seem that some Americans are outright afraid of victory in Iraq -- a goal which, as Shelby Steele points out, is incredibly hard to define.

Even so, all the handwringing over troubles in Iraq is somehow ludicrous. Are these people meaning to propose that the US military can be defeated by a ragtag bunch of insurgents? During a period of unprecedented US military and economic might? At a time when we're losing 50 soldiers a month (whereas in WWII, we were losing 8,000 in the same period)? Certainly, every soldier's life is precious -- but if we're willing to declare defeat in a central front in the war on terror based on this casualty rate, perhaps there's an argument that the Islamofascists were right when they targeted us as decadent and weak.

Are things tough in Iraq? Yes. So let's get a better plan, and let's execute it. As Ronald Reagan said, "I do not believe in a fate that falls on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall upon us if we do nothing."


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Germany and Japan did not just transform into safe democracies. It took years and billions of dollars. Korea needed help and got the help. Vietnam was helped then abandoned. Iraq needs help. I ignore the MSM on Iraq and the ISG sounds like another MSM version of Iraq.

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