Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Four Unspeakable Truths: What Politicians Won't Admit About Iraq

Today's article is in the front and center of Slate.com and is written by Jacob Weisberg.

Weisberg basically lists the four truths about the Iraq war that politicians won't or are afraid to admit. The first is that the war was a mistake, and I guess Hillary Clinton was the first politician who came to mind.

The second is that American soldiers are victims as much as heroes. I guess we all remember how everyone reacted last year when Kerry made a blunder during a speech saying that if we don't study hard, we would end up in the war (or something like that, I don't remember the exact words) That was really bad because it showed that he thought that the soldiers who went to war are not going there because they are heroes, but because they are not in college. Weisberg felt that though Kerry quickly apologized for it, that was largely true.

"Americans who attend college and have good employment options after graduation are unlikely to sign up for free tours of the Sunni Triangle. People join the military for a variety of reasons, of course, but since the Iraq war turned ugly, the all-volunteer Army has been lowering educational standards, raising enlistment bonuses, and looking past criminal records."

The third truth is that lives lost in Iraq are lives wasted. I can see why this one is particularly sensitive, especially to the parents of the American soldiers who have died. No one likes to hear that their kid's life had been wasted; they want to see their kid going down in the battlefield in glory, for some sort of purpose.

Personally, I don't know how I feel about truth #3. Makes me feel kinda bad, because I don't like to think that these people who feel they are doing something good are being judged as having wasted their lives when they get shot in the chest. Of course, what I don't like does not necessarily mean that it is not true.

The fourth truth is that America is losing or has already lost the Iraq war. That one really gets me, because it depends on what a person means when he says "lose." I felt like we lost the war the minute we did not have a plan as to how we would handle the sectarian violence and the politics of the country and the relations between the religious and non-religious. I guess this really is the classic case of "be careful of what you wish for." I mean, we "conquered" Iraq so quickly, and our government was so confident in overturning the situations that. And yea, now they have the whole of Iraq in their hands- all the problems and the blood.

Link: http://www.slate.com/id/2161385/nav/tap1/

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