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May 22, 2006
WAR: How Dare They Succeed?

So, a number of war supporters predicted that things would turn out well for Iraq in terms of its development into a functioning democracy after the traumatic decades-long reign of Saddam Hussein. Lo and behold, yet another milestone has been passed in that process. You would think that would make the optimists look good. But to some people, predicting success and then achieving success is proof of failure. Up is down.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:34 AM | War 2006 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Lets face it, there are some in our country that are so invested in defeat that they wouldn't recognize the pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 22, 2006 10:04 AM

The operative question is this: would you be willing to sacrifice your son for this war?

Posted by: steve at May 22, 2006 11:49 AM

My son enlisted right in the middle of it.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 22, 2006 11:53 AM

Heh. Oooops....


I think its almost over now. The new government will struggle to get up and running for several months I'd guess, and there will be attacks to try to undermine them before they can get operational. I expect the US to be very agressive in tamping down any insurgent activity over the next few months. After that and assuming (hoping, praying) things go the way they should things will look a good bit better by next fall.

We probably won't hear much about it until after the election though.

Posted by: Dwilkers at May 22, 2006 12:07 PM

Irish, I wish nothing but the best for your son. I don't know him of course, but am proud I share a country with him.

Yes, there are always those who look for losing. We had them in WWII as well, I am one of those who was against the war, but do believe that when you do go to war, you go hard to win through the end game. We didn't. I won't rehash that here, but my single biggest issue with arch conservatives, I mean the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys of the world is their use of the word "side." Always referring to "our side" and the other side (meaning democrats and blue staters). We are all on the same side, sometimes with different opinions. As long as there are people on both sides of the aisle who think in terms of my and your side, we have lost.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at May 22, 2006 12:57 PM

Thanks for the good wishes. He is a good kid, but the military was what HE wanted to do. Made me think maybe I had done a couple of things right.

As I commented on another subject a couple of weeks ago, we used to decide things based on what was best for the country and not by political party affiliation. Those were the good old days and we are going to struggle until we get back to it.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 22, 2006 4:18 PM

I still don't understand asking people if they would send their kid to war. That simply isn't how things work. Individuals choose to join the military, they don't choose to sign up their kids. Please explain to me how it makes sense to you to ask such a question.

Posted by: Richard at May 22, 2006 7:57 PM


Thanks for saying that. I was going to make the same point. My parents didn't want me to join. Heck, my mom actively tried to talk me out of enlisting. But in the end it is the individuals decision. The whole "our side/their side" thing is relatively new and I believe it is borne out of a sense that some are more interested in being proven right about a previous point of view or in winning future elections than in seeing our country succeed. Consider the comment of Thomas Dewey in declining to make a campaign issue about intelligence failures and other war related mistakes. Dewey said he'd rather lose the presidency and win the war than the other way around. Unfortunately, politicians today tend to come across just the opposite of Dewey in that regard.

Posted by: LargeBill at May 23, 2006 2:35 PM

Bill, you are right on the money.

By the way, thank you for your service. Good Luck and be safe.

Posted by: maddirishman at May 23, 2006 4:48 PM


Thanks, but don't worry about my safety. Save those concerns for those still in. I got old and retired a couple years ago.

Posted by: LargeBill at May 23, 2006 10:53 PM
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