Source: Sydney Morning Herald
quote: When you have a "leader" who does not have the word "victory" in his vernacular and follows a 1970's failed foreign policy, what do you expect?
quote: The only reason we are doing very poorly right now is the incredible omission of will by our leader and not fighting a fast, to the point war with pre-defined and well-defined goals.
quote: This ideology stems from the misguided, progressive belief that a large combat force has no place in this day of civilized people.
quote: There is no silver in war, let alone trophies for everyone. Go BIG or stay at home. War is ugly, vile, and an unfortunate reality that if not tackled in a hard and, sadly, brutal manner, don't bother.
quote: It was the 1970s cold war approach to conflict that has lead to the current mess. You cant defeat an insurgency with bigger tanks, more bombs, and faster planes.
quote: In a way, youre right. The objectives of both wars seemed to be 'stop terr'rists'. Invading a sovereign nation, on a pretext of dodgy intelligence, that turned out to have nothing to do with 9/11 in defiance of the UNSC probably isnt the best way to go about it.
quote: Clearly a large combat force isnt the answer - or else some measure of success would have been achieved by now?
quote: Keep that up in the Middle East and the problems will continue - new generations of freedom fighters will take up arms against the invaders. This, in turn, will only flare up anti-Western sentiment. This is exactly the wrong approach to take.