Monday, April 28, 2008

Winning isn't Everything; It is the Only Thing

Via Matthew Yglesias, we have Fred Kagan, Iraq War Proponent, outlining how he's a hopeless fool.

How We'll Know When We've Won: "Virtually everyone who wants to win this war agrees: Success will have been achieved when Iraq is a stable, representative state that controls its own territory, is oriented toward the West, and is an ally in the struggle against militant Islamism, whether Sunni or Shia. This has been said over and over. Why won't war critics hear it? Is it because they reject the notion that such success is achievable and therefore see the definition as dishonest or delusional? Is it because George Bush has used versions of it and thus discredited it in the eyes of those who hate him? Or is it because it does not offer easily verifiable benchmarks to tell us whether or not we are succeeding? There could be other reasons . . . "

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

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