- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
According to the fab four (Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Powell), the war in Iraq kept us from finding out that the smoking gun was a mushroom cloud. After all, they had information from a top secret operative liar, code named Sleeze Ball.
Colon Powell had actual satellite photographs of Iraqi factories that were producing WMDs like they were going out of style. This was obvious because they showed truck movement at night. Only the US and our allies are allowed to work at night.
We had a whole coalition of allies ready to battle the axis of evil and show off military prowess in a shock and awe campaign against a man who had tried to kill W's Daddy.
Those three things alone make it clear to me that the Iraq war was not only necessary, but prudent.
But don't ask an armchair General like me, ask a Vet who will never need to buy socks again.
I THINK THE RED GOWN LOOKS THE BEST! IT NEVER HURTS TO RUB IT IN A LITTLE.The jokes write themselves!
I think we did as well as can be expected given the unprecidented nature of the endeavor and the almost total lack of social capital (educated and non-brainwashed people) remaining in the country.
Then the Americans came in and said "anyone who was in the Baath party is out," which was anyone who had gotten anywhere in the past 30 years.