It was predictable as soon as Dubya said “They are just like us”.
Freakin Ozzy Osbourne of all people got it right when he said if we’re gonna go in, then go in get it done and get the hell out.
On 9/13/01, I made a prediction, right here on FR. I think, twelve-plus years later, that I was pretty close to the truth.
We cannot get back on track until we face the truth about the twin disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What was called for when Bush faced the Congress on 9/16/01 was WAR. It was necessary to conquer the twin authors of 9/11, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and to uproot their wicked system of religious government. If Bush had called for an army of 80 divisions with the requisite air and sea support, the war would have been over in 1-2 years and the reconstruction and reeducation phase would be well underway by now.
But Bush, and Rice, and Rumsfeld, and Perle, and Wolfowitz chose half-war, or quarter-war, and by failing to follow first principles brought about multiple disasters, not the least of which were the elections of 2006 and 2008.
I live in New Hampshire, and although I did not vote for Democrats in 2006 and I did not vote for Obama in 2008, I understand why my neighbors who were disgusted with Bush and his posse did.
The opposite of "victory" is not "schools for girls", the opposite of victory is defeat, surrender, and catastrophe, all of which we have now, and all of which, including having "Obama" in the White House, are the fault of bad decisions made in September and October of 2001.
When Bush got up and said ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE....it was like Roosevelt saying Nazis are a political party of peace and Tojo is just a politicalican of peace.
We had better learn the lesson of Fallujah. and Iraq. and Afghanistan.
fight like WW2 and win.....or lose.