It occurs to me that as we are getting deeper and deeper into the militaristic quicksand that is Iraq that the enemy that we are battling (which of course isn't Iraq) is sitting back and thinking that this all going according to plan. As things get worse between Israel and Lebannon we are one of the few standing behind Israel.
It seems like the plan of the vague but adept enemy of ours is to let us spend enormous amounts of energy, money and lives in Iraq. We almost can't turn back and with a relatively small opposing force, we seem to keep having to add more resources to get back to where we were a few months ago with much less.
In the meantime, our enemy's allies are free to engage in conflicts as they see fit and let them grow ever more perilously. Regardless of who or how the Lebannon/Israel conflice started, it did. And now we have a few choices:
- Continue to address Iraq and lend a hand to Israel and weaken ourselves overall
- Continue to address Iraq and back out of the Israel/Lebannon conflict and weaken ourselves politically in many ways
- Back out of Iraq and weaken ourselves
It seems that now is the time, if ever, for supporters of the people we vaguely refer to as our enemies to hurt us most. We are certainly acting as if we have virtually no choice in Iraq but to stay until hundreds of billions more are spent and we still don't have a clear ending.
A while back I posted on the comparison to Vietnam in that Iraq is a tiger and America is an elephant. In order to succeed, the tiger must tirelessly attack the elephant or be impaled. I stand by this comparison, but I guess I would change the tiger from Iraq to whatever our country has decided this vague but frightfully effective enemy is.
My bottom line. I support our troops and respect those who are giving their lives, bodies, minds and souls over there. I don't however, support our plan or whatever it's called these days.
I am fully present that we are in part fighting against an ideal that if it were prevalent here, some governmental leader would read this, find my address and dig a ditch for my body. I guess I'm just hoping that at some point we realize that for every ditch we dig in vengeance, we better dig two, because we're next.