Spoofe, I had initial read your “ sound and resoundingly successful campaign” as "sound and resourceful” and figured it was an acknowledgment that Senator Kerry was running a good and persuasive presidential election campaign. Now that SimonX, Squink and GaWd have responded, I see that I misread your post and had underestimated your ability to slip complete and (for me) unexpected balderdash into your post.
Let us consider this “sound and resoundingly successful campaign.” What was the objective of the invasion of Iraq – for I take it that is what you refer to? Was the objective to disarm Iraq? Disarm Iraq of what? Unconventional weapons? What unconventional weapons?
TWas it to free the people of Iraq from the heavy hand of Saddam’s tyranny? If so what have we substituted for that heavy hand? Apparently our own heavy hand complete with tortured and dead political prisoners. To bring the people of Iraq the blessings of democracy? Well, it is starting to look as if the blessings of democracy are doing the people of Iraq about as much good as the blessings of Christianity did for the Mexican Aztecs.
To stabilize the Middle East? Just how stable does the Middle East look to you? It is pretty apparent that Iraq is teetering on the verge of civil war, that Saudi Arabia is faced with a level of domestic violence that has not been seen there since the House of Saud took the place over. Is all calm in Afghanistan and Pakistan? We have not stabilize the Middle East. If anything our intrusion into the area has exacerbate the situation.
To suppress terrorist threats to the United States? That remains to be seen, doesn’t it? It is a hard idea to accept when on one hand we have our President saying his policies have made the country safer and on the other hand we have our President’s hand picked terror Tzar telling us that we are likely to get blowed up real good before the election. We certainly have an energized radical Islamic movement. Is that a good thing?
You can call the military campaign successful but to do so you must exclude from consideration every thing that happened after the first Third Infantry Division tank rolled into Baghdad. The invasion may have been a success but everything that has happened after that has been at best a highly qualified success that looks a lot like disjointed and ineffective responses to predicted situations; predictions that were largely disregarded by the President and his people. The one thing that the occupation had to do, and the first thing it had to do, was to establish civil order and establish public services. Even you Spoofe must concede, limited sovereignly provisional government notwithstanding, that those objectives have not yet been achieved and the probability of establishing order and services before the first Tuesday of November is slim indeed.
In the face of that where is the “sound and resoundingly successful campaign?” I suspect it is just as much a pipe dream and wishful thinking as the Mission Accomplished banner on the USS Abe Lincoln.
The serious question is what can a newly elected President Kerry do about the deepening quagmire that Iraq has become. The President’s answer seems to be to “stay the course.” In other words trust Mr Bush to muddle through in the hopes that something will turn up. How many more hundreds of America’s fighting men and women, how much more of the nation’s treasure, how much more of the nation’s dwindling supply of credibility are we expected to stuff down that rat hole?