You all remember the 1 reason for going to war in Iraq myth, right? (wmd) And yet there were 16 in the talk to the UN and frankly no one believed wmd was an absolutely sure thing anyway at the time.
You all remember the George Bush has ruined the American reputation so that no one in Europe will ever support us again myth, right? And yet elections in Europe are proving otherwise.
You all remember that it was the neocons who claimed Saddam was responsible for 911 myth, right? And yet I remember what they said was more along the lines of what Richard Perle says he said in a letter quoted in the above link.
any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power
Today we see the start of a minor myth. But still it made me chuckle and think back. Back in April, General Petraeus said he would have a better idea how the surge was going by September. He agreed that
in early September, Ambassador Ryan Crocker and I would provide an assessment of the situation in Iraq with respect to our mission and offer recommendations on the way ahead.
Today the NYtimes notes that
the administration had until September — the deadline for a progress report from Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander in Iraq — to prove its war strategy was working.
Um – that’s different… ROFL
Also today read Ralph Peters. He gets cranky about the upper leadership in this war but sees what could happen if the boots on the ground had a bigger say.
As the generals who led infantry platoons and companies in Vietnam fade from the ranks, we face an incongruous situation in which our lieutenants, captains and majors are combat veterans, while the generals above them never fought in a direct-fire engagement or led daily patrols through Indian country.
Junior officers now have a better grasp of what war means than Army generals do. Platoon leaders want to win. The generals want to make people happy.
I connect to that quote and column because Excalibur R & D sees just that situation regarding the big thinkers and is working to make a difference. (Gratuitous link there to a new startup and well worth a peek!) Here’s to those who work to make a difference.