One thing for sure. Like in every war fought, one can expect a full spectrum of emotions and logic sequences to be set forth. It is healthy to debate. In some ways we will not know if we won this SASO (lets remember, the war in Iraq was over in a short time), and a long Stablization and Security Operation was anticipated by some, for perhaps a few years if the final outcome is a continued democratically elected central unity government based on their constitution. No one knows how long such operations are required regardless of who one is fighting. And in Iraq we have such additional complicated political processes, diverse tribal and sectarian divides to contend with.
To equate this SASO and the closely associated GWOT with the second world war is un-realistic. Only from the emotional point of view could one equate them on the same plane.
If I may.
If all of a sudden the US federal government in full support of all 52 states decided it was time to really get tough on the war on drugs. Would it be ok to nuke say NYC to rid it of all it's criminal elements. That is what a lot of folks continue to suggest we do in Iraq.
The GWOT is going to be a long war indeed. It will take place as we see in many lands under different conditions.
It will need the continued support of all nations that feel Islamic terrorist organizations must be eradicated.
I for one do not see any end in sight. That's my two cents.
posted on 10/20/2006 4:54:52 PM PDT
(Honor must be earned)
To: Marine_Uncle; SandRat; kellynla; El Gato
This might be a short thread, but it's one of the best I've ever seen.
Thank you all-this heavy dose of reality is greatly appreciated.
posted on 10/20/2006 7:48:47 PM PDT
(Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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