"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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Friday, September 10, 2004
  Great Editorial in Wa. Post
I just finished reading a great editorial from the Washington Post that expresses the same sentiments I've been doing (albeit, in better form). Go read it - it's only a few paragraphs, but full of pregnant formulations. Here's a few tidbits:
There's no question that any military campaign against Fallujah or its neighbors will have to be carefully prepared; but there's no longer much question that it will be needed. The White House called off a Marine attack on Fallujah in April in the hope that a friendly local Iraqi force would step in and impose order, a decision that has proved to be a serious mistake. The hastily assembled local force never asserted control, and one of its commanders was recently captured and beheaded. A Taliban-like regime now rules Fallujah.

And continuing:
But the Bush administration, whose errors have done much to create this troubled situation, will only compound U.S. losses if it fails to act decisively against Iraq's Sunni extremists and the terrorists they harbor. The planned political transition, on which the chances for progress in Iraq depend, may well collapse if January's elections are derailed or discredited -- and elections cannot be held in the principal towns of western Iraq as they now stand. Even worse is the prospect of a terrorist organization conceded a haven in a country that the United States invaded to preempt just such a threat. The administration was wrong to allow that enemy base; it can ill afford to grant it three more months of grace.

It's wonderful to see a major newspaper criticizing Bush not because he's fighting strong against Islamists, but instead because he really isn't. And to criticize the Bush Admin. for not taking care of Fallujah in April 04, when it had the opportunity, is doubly pleasing. We need to truly be decisive, and that means fighting a war against these renegade cities.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:47 AM


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