Whiskey Bar: Failure is an Option: "Is the war hopelessly lost? I tend to think so, although I'm realistic enough to admit that I don't have all the facts, and couldn't interpret them all correctly even if I did. I know there are some military analysts whose opinions I respect who think the war is lost -- analysts such as William S. Lind, who, for all his wing nuttery on cultural and social issues, is one smart cookie when it comes to 'Fourth Generation' warfare:
'There's nothing that you can do in Iraq today that will work,' said Lind, one of the original Fourth Generation Warfare authors. 'That situation is irretrievably lost.'"