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To: neverdem
Fully half the battle (and probably more) in a drawn out counterinsurgency like this is simply having the will to stick it out when it looks like it's going nowhere. It's hard to be patient when good people are getting blown up, but that (among other things) is what is required. This will must be present even in the face of a far distant, uncertain outcome. Maintaining that kind of will in Iraq has paid off. It mattered not that the majority of Americans lacked the will, because the Americans who mattered didn't lack it.

Without that will, there is no hope of anything. Let's not lose just because we blinked first.

2 posted on 08/31/2009 9:03:01 PM PDT by squidly
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To: squidly; neverdem

Let’s give the Democrats a chance. I mean, they did so well with Vietnam. Maybe we could send Carter. Iran is a free country, no? He knows a clean election when he sees one.

A friend of mine served in Afghanistan helping them rewrite their laws, a very interesting process. His hatred for the State Department knows no bounds. At every turn they undermined the American effort there and took actions that were in his opinion obviously treasonous and at the least incompetently counterproductive.

At the same time, his impression of the US military was of a very efficient bureaucracy that empowered its people with the authority to take action, particularly in civilian affairs that forwarded the broad goals and best interests of the United States and the people of Afghanistan. His respect for them only grew with time.


19 posted on 08/31/2009 11:24:02 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: squidly

You are right. The mention of war weariness seems to be only in the press and in the minds of the peace at any price anti war moonbats.

as to a winning strategy, that is another matter. The war was begun to eliminate a stronghold for Al Qaeda. That has been accomplished. The killing now is attributed to Taliban, an integral part of the national population.

It boils down to the other part of the population. Do they want us to rid them of the Taliban and what are they prepared to contribute. Do they want an end to a theothugocracy?


24 posted on 09/01/2009 4:43:47 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khital)
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