Carol Platt Liebau: Common Sense

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Common Sense

Thank you, John Podhoretz, for a badly needed dose of common sense:

THE most common cliché about the war in Iraq is now this: We didn't have a plan, and now everything is in chaos; we didn't have a plan, and now we can't win.

This is entirely wrong. We did have a plan - the problem is that the plan didn't work. And of course we can win - we just have to choose to do so.

As this blog has noted time and time again, nothing can defeat the mighty U.S. military except a failure of will here at home. The problem is that the majority of Americans -- as Victor Davis Hansen has pointed out -- aren't sure that the fight is worth it, or even necessary.

And, of course, many of their representatives in Washington are, it seems, all too willing to see the U.S. humiliated and defeated -- anything to give President Bush a black eye is OK with them.


Blogger COPioneer said...

Thankfully, at times like these, our country isn't run via Polls.

9:50 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

A theme of Podhoretz's piece is that the military could have won it if the damned politicians hadn't gotten in the way.

If, as von Clausewitz stated, war is a continuation of politics by other means, then Podhoretz is spouting nonsense; application of military force without consideration of political consequences is irrational and likely self-defeating.

On the other hand, if, as van Creveld writes, militant Islam represents a warrior culture that values war as an end in itself, then no political solution is possible, and we have to wipe them out -- all of them, men, women and children.

Podhoretz has failed to probe into the bases and consequences of what he is saying, and his views therefore deserve little respect.

11:04 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

And of course we can win - we just have to choose to do so.

Yeah but... if we do that, people are going to get killed!

11:45 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Furthermore, VDH for President!

2:49 PM  

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