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Thread #62901   Message #1334919
Posted By: Amos
21-Nov-04 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Quoting Colin Powell in remembering Viet Nam, Mark Danner writing for the NY Times:

" ' Our senior officers knew the war was going badly. Yet they bowed to groupthink pressure and kept up pretenses. ...Many of my generation, the career captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels seasoned in that war, vowed that when our turn came to call the shots, we would not quietly acquiesce in halfhearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand.'

Those plain words about Vietnam stand out with refreshing immediacy today, in this age of the destruction of the fact, when incontrovertible but unwelcome information is dismissed as partisan argument. What might the Colin Powell who wrote those words, or the younger officer in Vietnam who envisaged his future as a man who could never "quietly acquiesce," have said about our present war?"

From Danner's current Op Ed, "A Doctrine Left Behind" which describes indirectly why we may be losing the war in Iraq: "If the old rule of thumb about counterinsurgency warfare holds true - that the guerrilla wins by not losing and the government loses by not winning - then America is losing the Iraq war. "

This is a question that needs to be honestly asked and honestly answered. The latter is improbable.