Tuesday, January 02, 2007

What Is Winning?

There is a good piece in the New York Times today on the Bush administration's failures in Iraq, but this passage really makes me wonder, what is winning? From The New York Times:

Mr. Bush came to worry that it was not just his critics and Democrats in Congress who were looking for what he dismissed last month as a strategy of “graceful exit.” Visiting the Pentagon a few weeks ago for a classified briefing on Iraq with his generals, Mr. Bush made it clear that he was not interested in any ideas that would simply allow American forces to stabilize the violence. Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine commandant, later told marines about the president’s message.

“What I want to hear from you is how we’re going to win,” he quoted the president as warning his commanders, “not how we’re going to leave.”

Wouldn't stabilizing the violence be the very definition of winning? If it isn't, what the hell is?

1 comment:

NeverAnonymous said...


Mr. Bush has made it all to sadly clear that he does not wish to leave Iraq in a graceful and dignified fashion, he is intent on worsening the level of fiasco of his making.