Pro-war commenters at this blog and others have stoutly defended the notion that the war is not lost in the traditional (which it to say military) sense and that the U.S. simply needs to be given more time, more troops, and more so on and so forth.Only a few holdout harpies are in the last throes of believing that victory can be plucked from the jaws of . . . well, defeat, to be perfectly honest about it. This despite the reality that:
But the junkyard dog of the reality that the American people are tired of being misled about George Bush's Forever War has gone from nipping at their heels to biting them in their asses.
And as winter turned to spring and now spring is turning to summer, those fervid conservative voices are nowhere to be heard.
* The war was poorly planned.
* The enemy was poorly understood.
* The history and sectarian sensitivities of the Iraqi people were not understood at all.
* There were far too few troops.
* There were far too few troops trained in counterinsurgency warfare.
* The occupation was a grab-bag of arrogant ideas and wishful thinking.
* And the whole schlemiel has been a tragic $400 billion exercise in wasted lives and politics before policy, as well as wishful thinking before sound strategy.
The 1968 Tet Offensive was the watershed moment that led to the painfully slow U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.What do you think? (Comments from Anonymice are welcome.)
(Irony Alert: This was despite the fact that Tet was a military defeat but a propaganda victory for the Viet Cong and NVA. And that the U.S. military has determinedly gone out of its way to ignore the lessons of that dreary conflict and failed to apply them in Iraq until it was much too late. The current offensive against Al Qaeda insurgents being a good example.)
There now has been a watershed moment in Iraq. But I can't quite put my finger on when and why the Conservative Fat Lady sang, although she surely has.