This Is Why We Can't "Win" In Iraq
Now believe me, I know a lot of us have said or thought that before, I definitely have. But just think about it for a second. We cannot win. And I don't mean in the mushy "nobody wins in a war" sense, what I mean is there is absolutely no strategic victory that can be achieved (short of dropping a "Wrath of God" on the board).
I think this bit of the article said it best:
As the morning wore on and the troops came under fire from all directions, another apparent flaw in this strategy became clear as empty apartments became lairs for gunmen who flitted from window to window and killed at least one American soldier, with a shot to the head.
Whether the gunfire was coming from Sunni or Shiite insurgents or militia fighters or some of the Iraqi soldiers who had disappeared into the Gotham-like cityscape, no one could say.
“Who the hell is shooting at us?” shouted Sgt. First Class Marc Biletski, whose platoon was jammed into a small room off an alley that was being swept by a sniper’s bullets. “Who’s shooting at us? Do we know who they are?”
Our soldiers don't even know who they're fighting, so how will 20,000 more make a difference?
I could launch into a huge summary of the history of this Iraq war and its various failures and blunders, but I think everyone knows that the real mistake is that we let our government get away with the criminal act of declaring a never-ending war on an idea. It used to be Communism, now it's Terrorism, which is even more broad and ill-defined.
The war won't end in Iraq; the war can't end in Iraq.
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