Iraq: An undefined “winning”

To our good friends–

The last day or so I have been noticing that our President seems to be stuck in some ego warp around an undefined “winning.” Just what is this winning? In Iraq, we are the Redcoats who battle in straight rows and neat uniforms against rebels behind every tree and in civilian dress. We cannot bomb away all their weapons caches. We cannot find someone to surrender to us. How will we know we won? When our last soldier dies? When the last widow and baby die? When the last green shoot in Iraq dies?

Is it possible that winning means something bigger? What if winning were large enough for all sides to win? What if it means making friends, finding the people of goodwill, and other difficult work? What if it means we have to give up some cherished idea of our own?

:- Doug.

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