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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Larry Cebula - Bring them home

The Joplin Globe

After the most violent month of the occupation, President Bush has begun to admit that there might be something wrong with his strategy. A few Democrats have found the courage to suggest that we are losing the war and need radical change.

Both underestimate the degree to which America has lost control of the Iraqi streets and the goodwill of the Iraqi people. In a last-ditch effort, Bush pulled 60 percent of American forces into Baghdad to regain the capital. The result - insurgents doubled their attacks and control more territory than before.

We have tried every strategy - rebuilding the Iraqi army, construction projects, massive firepower, building an international coalition, hearts-and-minds operations, free elections, forming an Iraqi government. Now the one option Bush proudly refused, using more troops, has failed. There are no other options; we have lost. No amount of flag-waving or sloganeering will change the facts.

Bush critics point to the president's lies and his bungling military leadership. There is truth in this, but the war was never winnable. Bush's father faced a similar decision when coalition forces overran Saddam's troops in the first Gulf War. The elder Bush recognized that invading and occupying Iraq would be much more difficult than leaving, and turned back. But the sons of good men often lack the wisdom of their fathers. The American defeat in Iraq is a disaster on par with the loss in Vietnam. But the defeat has already happened. Every American life lost from this point is another innocent sacrificed to the vanity of a man who never admits he is wrong. We need to support our troops, and bring them home.


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