Posted/Published May 28, 2004
Historically, when a nation enters into war, or when a commander engages his troops in battle, envisioning every conceivable twist and turn from the outset is patently impossible. And while commanders can hope that the lessons learned along the way will be as bloodless as possible, hard lessons are inevitable. The challenge is to rapidly accommodate the need for course corrections and to relentlessly move forward toward victory.
In the case of Iraq, when nation-building, the defeat of terrorism, acute cultural differences, European weakness, and a highly charged stateside presidential election are added to the equation, is it any wonder that getting from point A to point B is anything but smooth and unencumbered?
And despite the whimpering doomsayers, brilliant Monday morning quarterbacks, and pitifully sefl-serving political barrages from within, I remain impressed by the Administration's handling of the this complex and difficult conflict--an undertaking unlike any the civilized world ahs ever before witnessed or experienced.
It is my belief that our continuing to wallow in self-reproach, opportunistic & demoralizing political rhetoric and sophomoric wishful thinking will inevitablly weaken our resolve, obscure our purpose, and, ultimately, render us completely defenseless against one of the most insidious and determined enemies in our nation's history.
If we believe our enemy's murderous declarations and mind-numbing ruthlessness, then isn't it time for us all to place our political palaver on the back burner, and to throw our collective weight behind our nation's war effort?
For the sake of our loved ones, from this point on let's commit ourselves to winning and not to whining.
(Link up with Michael Yon who provides very objective and informative on-the-ground reports from Iraq. Michael has been embedded there since o/a 2006)