In It to Win It or Not


As the war in Afghanistan continues into its 13th year, voter confidence in U.S. efforts there is lower than ever. Most voters now want U.S. troops out of the embattled country immediately.

Just 19% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s still possible for the United States to win the war in Afghanistan, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-four percent (54%) don’t think it’s possible for the United States to win the war. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are undecided.

Hopefully we'll never have to fight another Western or westernized country again. It would be nice to think that the Second World War was the last of its kind, where Western Civ does its best to exterminate itself. But if the worst were to come to pass yet again, we should absolutely fight to win, and beat the enemy so badly that they'll never be our enemy again. The occupation should be long and purposeful, with the intent of restoring very friendly relations.

But fighting anyone else? A show of force when appropriate, and a punitive expedition if that fails. Go in, break a bunch of stuff in a most dramatic way, and bug out. Our military strength is our ability to cause a lot of harm, very quickly, and relatively little cost to ourselves. Our military weakness is as an occupation force in non-western countries, and our lack of patience.

When we must fight, let's play to our strengths instead of our weaknesses.