Some Perspective On Iraq

August 21, 2006

I normally do not post on the war in Iraq. Being a veteran, I have very complex thoughts on the ongoing conflict. However, let me say this… If President Bush has decided to stay the course, I strongly recommend that we fight to win, and not simply make our troops cannon fodder for the insurgency.

From The Nation:

The war in Iraq has lasted three days longer than US involvement in World War II.

Germany declared war on the US on December, 11, 1941, four days after Pearl Harbor. The US announced victory in Europe on May 8, 1945. That’s one thousand, two hundred and forty-four days.

We’ve been in Iraq one thousand, two hundred and forty-seven days—and still the Administration has no exit strategy, no plan for victory and no clue what it is doing. In case you’d forgotten, George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” aboard an aircraft carrier over three years ago.

“In the battle of Iraq,” Bush said, “The United States and our allies have prevailed.”

Perhaps that pronouncement was a little premature. Twelve hundred and four days later, our troops are still paying the price.