Roger L. Simon

Do you believe them?

While Republicans and Democrats bark at each other over Bush’s strategy in Iraq, which only could have been a surprise to the illiterate, one of our generals got to the heart of the matter. From the AP:

The military hasn’t done a good enough job of explaining to the American people what is going on in
Iraq and the political and military progress there, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

Even so, Gen. Peter Pace, warned that battling terrorism will be a long war.

Speaking at the National Defense University at Fort McNair, Pace said he is often asked if the United States would be better off by ending the fight and leaving Iraq.

“There is no option other than victory,” he said. “You need to get out and read what our enemies have said … Their goal is to destroy our way of life.”

“Destroy our way of life”? It would seem this puny foe would have little chance of that. But some, or even many, of them clearly want to. And history is filled with civilizations that essentially resigned in the face of less. No one wants to fight a war, even more in some ways, an asymmetrical war, but we appear to be stuck with it at this grim moment in time. No wonder there appears to be a malaise sweeping this powerful country with its giant and successful economy. I believe it’s time for the warring parties (pun intended) within our society to start talking to each other to examine what’s really happening. This is not about job search for politicians anymore.