Endless War and the Unutterable Word “Quagmire”

Endless War, Unwinnable War

While the Republicans uniformly compete to see just how bellicose they can be, reasoned analysis shows that the on-going war in the middle east is unwinnable. If one is old enough to remember the march to war back during the GW Bush administration, one may remember how Rumsfeld and company virtually banned the term “quagmire” from any discussions about going into Iraq.

This intelligent analysis shows just how unprepared Liberals are to deal with the various wars inherited from the Bush years. This is very much like the early Kennedy years when, due to the close election with Nixon, Kennedy and the Dems felt they had to show that they could be tough on Communism. They backed an untenable administration in largely Buddhist Vietnam (Catholic Diem) sending in advisers only to get sucked in with disastrous results.

President Obama has attempted to show that he is “tough on terror”. He inherited this, yes I will say the word, “Quagmire”, has vacillated between trying to pull us out and trying to commit incrementally to the conflict. At some point we are going to have to understand that Pandora’s box was opened and we simply cannot effectively influence events on the ground there.

Afghanistan is still the “graveyard of empires”. Despite a massive infusion of force and aid, the country is likely to go right back to Taliban control. As with Vietnam, we can anticipate the need to provide a new home to the Afghans who have stood by us all these years. More immigration fallout from our great disaster.

Even if we pull out completely for a time, it is likely that one or more states end up controlled by our enemies with the consequent need to go back in to fight once again. The middle east continues to be the tar baby that we can’t let go of no matter what we try. It is the poster child for understanding the rule of unintended consequences. Maybe we’ll learn… but probably not if the electioneering is any indication.

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  1. “The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
    – George Orwell