A Good Time To Declare Victory and Go Home
Congratulations are in order for our armed forces. Abu Zarqawi was a mad-dog and had to be put down.
It occurs to me that this would be an excellent time to declare victory and go home. Our troops have already won every kind of victory that you can expect a military force to win. What is left are things that cannot be done with military force- such as turn a diverse population seething with hate into a functional and peaceful Constitutional Republic. To do that requires the hearts of people to be changed and that is not the job of our soldiers. Will there be a civil war if we pull out? Yes. Will there be one if we stay? Yes. They have been killing one another for 400 years and we are not going to make them stop. Not unless we become as ruthless as the man we are about to hang for atrocities.
Unless we are planning a war against Iran, it is time to come home. We are a Republic, not an Empire, yet we seem to go into places and never leave unless made to. We still have troops in Yugoslavia, in Hati. Why?