by Greg Krehbiel on 24 January 2012
Generally speaking I see two kinds of comments these days about Iraq and Afghanistan.
1. We were right to go in and we need to keep fighting forever and ever (or until the military commanders say the job is done).
2. We never should have gone in and we should get out now.
My position is that we were probably right to go in, but we should have promptly kicked their butts, taken enough oil to pay for our trouble (in the case of Iraq — or enough rare earth minerals from Afghanistan), and then left. The whole campaign should have taken six months and we should have left the place a smoldering ruin.
The problem is not the war, the problem is the conscience-assuaging “nation-building” we’ve been doing afterwards.
We’re like the people of Eminiar VII (see A Taste of Armageddon) who have made war too nice and polite. That’s a problem for so many reasons, but I’ll list two.
First, it makes it too easy to get into a war in the first place, because we know we’ll kiss and make up after we finish destroying things. Second, it takes away the fear of getting into a war with America. In fact, if you want new bridges and schools, it might be a good strategy.
I want a situation where G. Gordon Liddy is managing the war, not some politically correct weenies. Then everybody would know — if we go to war, we are truly unleashing the dogs, and they are not going to play nice.
-- 2012-01-24 » Greg Krehbiel