In interviews and briefings this week, some of the generals pulled back from recent suggestions, some by the same officers, that positive trends in Iraq could allow a major drawdown in the 138,000 American troops late this year or early in 2006. One officer suggested Wednesday that American military involvement could last "many years."
In Baghdad, a senior officer said Wednesday in a background briefing that the 21 car bombings in Baghdad so far this month almost matched the total of 25 in all of last year.
"I think that this could still fail," the officer said at the briefing, referring to the American enterprise in Iraq. "It's much more likely to succeed, but it could still fail."
"I think it's going to succeed in the long run, even if it takes years, many years," he said.
Remember when those of use who compared this to Vietnam were poo-pooed and were told that we didn't know what we were talking about?
Well, now it's almost impossible NOT to compare it to Vietnam.
"Years, many years."
Lives, may lives. Maybe more than Vietnam before we are done.
Like Vietnam, we may wind up sacrificing 50,000 kids on the Altar of War (and I DO believe that Mammon and Mars are the only two gods our "Christian" president actually worships), and exiting while the country falls anyway.
Because Saddam had WMDs.
When he didn't.