Uncle Jimbo on Blackfive:
We have entered the end game in Iraq and now the most important battle is no longer whether democracy and freedom prevail there, but how will we and the world view this conflict, and more importantly US power overall.
The opposition and their media have made no bones that they consider it a stinging defeat in a conflict predicated on lies, and that all the casualties were in vain. Aside from it’s outrageous detachment from reality, it is a narrative we cannot allow to stand.
There is a scene in Heartbreak Ridge, where the moron officer tells Gunny Highway and Chewy that their generation of Marines is 0-1-1, with a tie in Korea and a loss in Vietnam. Given the opportunity, the left/media would love to hang a loss or a tie on W and the whole idea of US military power. If they can create a loss in popular opinion they gain all of the casualties as martyrs to their belief that the employment of US power is fundamentally wrong.
Many critics of Bush and the invasion of Iraq will vehemently deny that they are trying to do any such thing. Some of them might even be telling the truth. A few of them, anyway.
To those who don’t believe that anyone would try to spin a victory into a defeat with deeper political and social meaning, Murdoc submits Exhibit ‘A’:
Most people simply accept as fact that this image represents America’s lies and mismanagement. I’ve had many debates about it in the comments sections on this site.
When US troops begin coming home, when we stand down as the Iraqis stand up, many will pretend that either A) we’re just getting out and declaring victory or B) it wasn’t worth it. Rep. Murtha’s call for a “redeployment” states very clearly that US forces are not accomplishing anything in Iraq so we should get out (option ‘A’). Those that maintain our losses or expenditures have been in vain (option ‘B’), of course, are legion.
We will spend the rest of our lives hearing people tell us how we lost in Iraq. It’s pathetic.