Friday, September 17, 2004
See, I Forgot To Read My Victor Davis Hanson Today.
We've suffered tragic losses. Yet, we've accomplished so much. And we do good.
It is always difficult for those involved to determine the pulse of any ongoing war. The last 90 days in the Pacific theater were among the most costly of World War II, as we incurred 50,000 casualties on Okinawa just weeks before the Japanese collapse. December 1944 and January 1945 were the worst months for the American army in Europe, bled white repelling Hitler's last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge. Contemporaries shuddered, after observing those killing fields, that the war would go on for years more. The summer of 1864 convinced many that Grant and Lincoln were losers, and that McClellan alone could end the conflict by what would amount to a negotiated surrender of Northern war aims.
I only wish more people up top read VDH.
No, *Victor Davis Hanson* compared the two; I'm just referencing his comparison.
And the comparison is not a positive one, but a negative one. Meaning, we've been in a lot tougher spots than we are today, and the days before victory can still be the darkest of any war.
So, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, now is no time to "go wobbly" in Iraq.