History The War
posted by August 28 at 10:52 AMon
I didn’t mean to almost wade through all those aggravating comments in Jonah/Josh’s Baird post, but I almost did nonetheless. And I’m going to bust a gut if I don’t say this.
We will not win this war.
We will not lose this war.
Period. We can’t win or lose because the “enemy” switched midway through from Saddam and the Ba’ath Party to an amorphous new set of bad guys, composed of at least two groups with mutually incompatible aims. This is not a zero sum game. The United States accomplished one objective—removing Saddam Hussein—but it failed to imagine another, arguably more important objective: filling the power vacuum and establishing a workable state. So shut up, everyone, with your stupid reductive notion of wars that countries win or lose. Bush seemed determined to end that era for good when he declared war on the extragovernmental tactic of terrorism.
I have no idea whether Baird is sincere or not, but I was against the invasion and I still think immediate or premature withdrawal is the most idiotic idea on the table. I’m completely sincere, and I don’t have any conservative constituents to woo. So it’s possible.