Friday, March 09, 2007

Can we talk here?

Well, are our leaders finally waking up to some realities? Gen. David Petraeus said military action was necessary to improve security in Iraq but "not sufficient" to end violence altogether.

Well, no shit sherlock. In the typical fasion, the administration has taken a won sided, "we'll put a boot in your ass" approach to the war. All the while, those who actually live there are just fighting back. I'm not big on negotiating with terrorists but clearly the actions over the past few years have not yielded a stable Iraq. "Staying the course" has not worked, we need to adjust.

How is it that all these guys with these pedigrees cannot put 2 and 2 together and reach the conclusion that we need to find out what makes these guys tick? Simply lobing bombs at each other will never get us to a stable Iraq. Ultimately, every conflict has to come to some conclusion via policital discussion and negotiation. This is true even in the cases of unconditional surrender (e.g. Germany, Japan) -- there's still discussion on what those terms are.

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