Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What Now?

Well, shit... what now? In the face of this sort of a mess, I can understand why lots of people want to get the hell out of Dodge. But it seems to me that we, as a country, have accumulated a moral burden which takes the possibility of a 'strategic reverse advance' off of the table. In a nutshell, we've fucked up Iraq, and now we've an obligation to un-fuck it. How to do that? That's for the generals to decide, but I suspect that it would require a whole lot more boots on the ground. Which, of course, raises the problem of finding feet to put in those boots, leading me to one horrible, inevitable conclusion: we need to bring back the draft. Ugh... is it any wonder that we haven't been able to fix things? What sane politician would call for a resurrection of the draft, especially in an election year? And yet, there doesn't really seem to be any other way around the issue; we need more troops that our volunteer system is capable of delivering. Gah...


Anonymous John said...

We Didnt go into Iraq in an effort to break it, we went into iraq in an effort to fix it!

How much more fixing can it take from us?

It is extreme Hubris and Arrogance to assume that Because we broke it, we need to fix it! Wouldnt it be more prudent to get the hell out and leave the fixing to people who might actually be qualified? It sure as hell isnt the army. They specialize in NOTHING but breaking!

12:27 AM  
Blogger GG said...

Be that as it may, we still have an obligation to see that it is fixed. Who else besides the US Armed Forces are in a position to even be capable of such a thing? I'd love to see, oh say, the EU step in and fix things. But they aren't in a position to rustle up the requisite ground force. Horrible and sub-optimal though it may be, the US seems to be the only party at this time with even a snowball's chance in hell of being able to fix things.

6:30 AM  

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