Have We Lost The Will To Win?

With Iraq descending into more chaos and the Democrats taking over control of the House and the Senate, it’s almost safe to say that this whole Iraq endeavor is lost. I’ve always had a hope that the Iraqi people would stand up and fight for the security of their country but that hope has slowly faded given the reality. The will of the Iraqi people to stand and fight off oppression, terrorist-insurgents and sectarian battles is practically non-existent. Our will as a nation has been shaken to the point of fracture and the goals for Iraq are quickly fading. I understand struggles like that of Iraq are always long and bloody and usually worth it but I’m starting to doubt our capability to affect any change in that region.

In order for us to reach even the easiest of goals in Operation Enduring Freedom we have to send hundreds of thousands of more troops. But that is not going to happen, is it? And that is how you know the will of the American people and the current administration has collapsed. When the only option for “victory” is being ignored or dismissed out of a fear of negative public discourse (when our enemies are so committed they are happy to blow themselves up), we know the battle is lost. A lot of Americans are tired of the Iraq problem not because they hate the cause but because they understand we are not doing enough to win. They think to themselves, if we are not even serious about setting out to finish the mission, what’s the point of keeping troops in harms way.

Readers of this blog understand my complete disdain for the former Defense Secretary. His failures were massive and his inability to change strategy has cost us dearly. And after this
recent memo leak I can’t help but wonder if the hawks in the Bush administration ever wanted to win or if they just thought removing Hussein was enough. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the White House two days before he resigned last month the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq was not working and he proposed a major change, The New York Times reported on Saturday... "In my view it is time for a major adjustment. Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough". In it, Rumsfeld outlined several options for policy changes, including reductions in U.S. forces and bases in Iraq as well as a "minimalist" recasting of the U.S. mission and goals in Iraq, but he made no recommendations.

Listen, it’s obvious the strategy hasn’t been working; it’s been obvious for two years. He’s just noticing that simple fact? And his options for policy change is a minimalist recasting of the mission? So instead of sending more troops to actually win this war he wants to just start backtracking on the original goals of regime change, foothold in the Mideast and basing rights.

If our will is gone and our leaders are completely refusing to do what is necessary to ensure some sort of victory then what the fuck are we still doing there. Now that’s not a call for withdrawal, that’s a calling-out of our leaders and their timid war-fighting methods. If anything, we have to make sure Iran doesn’t take control of Iraq and we have to protect Iraq’s oil interests from falling into the hands of terrorists and their sponsors. If we could just say hey, have fun killing yourselves and leave, it would be great. Unfortunately, we have real enemies counting on our failure and waiting to be strengthened.
Update: Pelosi’s Choice for Intel Chairman Wants More Troops in Iraq.