Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Two Wars of Attrition

The Iraq War military conflict has become a war of attrition. The U. S. is dug in and conducts limited operations against insurgents. The insurgents are well hidden with a limitless supply of suicide bombers. The military engagement could last for as long as you please.

The war for share of mind regarding what should be done in Iraq has been a war of attrition too. Withdrawing soon is beginning to gain a significant share of mind across parties, philosophies, and specialties. What was once considered radical leftist critique is becoming homogenized into mainstream thinking whether it is the mind of the loftiest of thinkers or the common citizen too busy or disinterested to give it much thought.

The Iraqi constitution is the writing on the wall. To paraphrase the professional wrestler Rick Flair, you can like it or not like it, but you better learn to love it because it is the only thing going. The same can be said for withdrawing soon.

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