Friday, October 27, 2006

Winning the war

Browsing reddit I found a link to an article called Why Bush Thinks We're Winning.

The main thing that jumped out at me was this quote at the beginning:

"Absolutely, we're winning," Bush said. "As a matter of fact, my view is the only way we lose in Iraq is if we leave before the job is done."

Has it ever occurred to anyone that our president may not be using the same metrics we are to determine success?

If the goal is to make them free; every day we stay gets us farther from that.

If the goal is to put them under our control and keep them there even after we leave then if we leave now we lose.

It is impossible for a man who takes away so much freedom at home to provide freedom elsewhere.

Instead he gives the people of Iraq a myth. A myth because that's what's left of the freedom we had. We raise our flags and talk of freedom while we wait for our government to do what's best. We support our parties so that the other guys don't mess things up.

But, do we ask? Do we ask what parties have done for us? Do we ask how we can do things ourselves? De we ask why it's so hard for good people to win when running for office? Do we ask how a candidate will vote instead of how much money he has raised? Do we vote for the one who will do a good job or do we hop on the bandwagon of someone who can "win it for the party"?

Bush may be winning his war, but sometimes I wonder who his war is against.

1 comment:

Andrew Veenstra said...

Shaun, technically we won the war in Iraq. That actually happened quickly. Its just the occupation of conquered territories that isn't going so well.