"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Difficulties of Fighting in an Absurdly Complicated Region

From Victor Davis Hanson comes Surreal Rules at NRO.

The six rules are:

  1. To win these wars, our soldiers must not die or kill.
  2. To win these wars, there must be no news of them.
  3. To win these wars, a liberal Democrat must wage them.
  4. To win these wars, we must win over the Europeans by ensuring they can always earn a profit.
  5. To win these wars, we need to outsource the job to those who can fight them with impunity.
  6. To win these wars, they should be over in 24 hours - but at all cost no more than 8 weeks.
To read the whole essay go here; the rules fit better within the context of the work.


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