Monday, January 22, 2007
It ain't beanbag
Victor David Hanson is one of the more unusual commentators on the
So given the ‘we can only lose’ rhetoric of Senators Kennedy and Hagel and the defeatist caucus they represent, is there any reason the insurgents and terrorists shouldn’t think they only need to wait us out? In the end, their kind of verbiage only serves to get more people killed, and heap ‘moral superiority’ on the practitioners of barbaric tactics whose only ethical commandment is ‘win at any cost.'
It is against this back-drop that VDH makes some pertinent observations:
"…in a war of counter-insurgency the political solution must be contemporaneous with military operations that destroy and humiliate the insurgents…[only then] do the vast majority of indifferent citizens not only see greater prosperity and security by allying with the new government, but also nothing but death and destruction should they join the terrorists and militias."
Throw in his observations from earlier times and further understanding is to be gained…
"…it is often forgotten that from April to July 2003 there was relative postbellum security in
Why? There was still the fear and respect for the lethality of the
Read his whole thesis here.