Monday, November 21, 2005

How To Lose A War

Ralph Peters has some thoughts on the matter:
Just set a time-table for our troops to come home and show the world that America is an unreliable ally with no stomach for a fight, no matter the stakes involved. Tell the world that deserting the South Vietnamese and fleeing from Somalia weren't anomalies — that's what Americans do.

While we're at it, let's just print up recruiting posters for the terrorists, informing the youth of the Middle East that Americans are cowards who can be attacked with impunity.

Whatever you do, don't talk about any possible consequences. Focus on the moment — and the next round of U.S. elections. Just make political points.
My fear is that the Democratic call for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq has more to do with the 2006 elections than prudent policy. Democrats aren't the only ones to blame, as at least a part of the Bush administration's mishandling of the situation in Iraq is due to politics.