I have been hearing a lot about the war in Iraq this week.
Scratch that. I have been hearing a lot about the domestic politics of the war in Iraq. I've heard almost nothing about the war.
I may get in trouble for saying so, but I think that out country's best policy is to stay in Iraq and keep up the fight. This whole "surge" gig is just getting under way, but all I hear is how it has already failed. Really? On what evidence?
The question of whether we should have gone into Iraq in the first place is a hard question, and one that I am not sure how to answer. But when I look at the situation there now, I can't find any good reasons to leave.
Success in Iraq establishes a stable popular government under the rule of law. Failure makes a failed state and sends a signal to Iran and Syria that the way to beat the United States is to wait out the will of the people.
In the end, we can only win wars we want to win. If we don't want to win, we've already lost. So the politics are important after all.
If the war is lost in your mind, it is lost. If you have the will to win, there is a good chance of winning.
Do you have the will? Should you? Should I?