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April 20, 2007


WELL SAID GINA! Another quote from Churchill is relevant: "If you are going through hell, keep going."

Okay... a question really needs to be asked here:

What does "winning" actually mean?

If it means a stable, US-friendly democracy, with limited influence from Islamic fundamentalists, free-flowing oil to Exxon and co., the removal of a safe-haven for terrorists, and a sound, freedom-loving template for other Middle-Eastern countries to follow, then to use your baseball analogy: Harry Reid is the fan who has jumped back on the 7 train at the top of the 7th with the Mets trailing 13-0, the bases load, no outs and a rookie pitcher on the mound who has yet to throw a strike.

"Winning" isn't about words, it isn't about posture, it isn't about headlines, it isn't about "sending messages", it is about achieving what you set out to do.

Unfortunately, because of the wildly unrealistic expectations of Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al at the outset of this ill-conceived and woefully poorly executed war, it was apparent the US "lost" sometime in mid-June, 2003. The vast majority of Iraqi people didn't want the invasion or the occupation. Hatred of Saddam did not mean love of war or invasion or the US's oil-hungry foreign policy.

I will leave you with a quote from General McPeak, US joint chief of staff during the first Gulf War: "This is a dark chapter in our history. Whatever else happens, our country’s international standing has been frittered away by people who don’t have the foggiest understanding of how the hell the world works.

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