Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just 6 More Months to Victory!

by Philip Giraldi, August 27, 2009

"Somehow it’s always six more months. Back in the Vietnam War Secretary of State Robert McNamara and Army General William Westmoreland repeatedly promised that with the commitment of more soldiers in six more months the war would enter into a final phase leading to American victory. The U.S. fled Vietnam with its tail between its legs.

Regarding Iraq, designated cheerleader Tom Friedman of the New York Times has written about "six more months" on at least fifteen occasions, promising that the exercise in occupation and nation building only needed a little more time to bear fruit. Last spring it was the turn of Afghanistan, with a surge in U.S. troop strength and an intensification of pressure on the Taliban certain to lead to successful presidential elections and, eventually, victory. Well, six more months are over and the results are in. Iraq is still occupied by 130,000 Americans and is experiencing a major increase in sectarian violence, and the fraudulent elections plus a rising death toll in Afghanistan suggest that the country is going down the toilet even faster than many pessimists would have predicted......."

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