Losing the War

LOSING THE WAR….Max Boot is a smart writer. Like any good neocon, he wants to convince us that we need to stay in Iraq. Unlike the sophomoric warblogger crowd, however, he opens his pitch today by spending several paragraphs acknowledging that the war has gone worse and lasted longer than anyone anticipated. Then, after softening us up with his reasonableness, he tells us what we should do:

Instead of talking about how quickly we can get out, the administration should be talking more about how we can win this war. That may actually require sending more troops ? perhaps an extra division or two to help secure Baghdad and Anbar provinces. The administration’s continuing unwillingness to adequately police Iraq, or to increase the permanent size of the U.S. Army, suggests the need for a thorough spring cleaning at the Department of Defense.

If President Bush announced that he was firing Donald Rumsfeld, limiting Dick Cheney’s future activities to attendance at foreign funerals, and sending a couple more divisions to Iraq, even I might be willing to grudgingly concede that there was at least a slim chance of winning the war. But this is fantasyland. Bush thinks Rumsfeld is doing a great job, we don’t have a couple of divisions to ship to Iraq, and Bush quite clearly doesn’t think we need to do that anyway.

Given the reality that Boot thinks (a) the war is going very badly and (b) Bush is clearly not willing to do the things he thinks are necessary to win, why continue to support it? Does he just enjoy watching people die pointlessly? Or does he lack the guts to admit that Bush is an unserious clown who ought to be impeached for wartime malfeasance? Inquiring minds want to know.