When bribes aren't enough

Jurriaan Bendien J.Bendien at wolmail.nl
Sun Nov 10 10:08:02 MST 2002


"The military piece of defeating the Iraqi army is certainly within our
capabilities," Gen. James L. Jones, the Marine commandant, said in a recent
interview. But, he added, "there is always the aftermath, and that is one of
the great unresolved questions. There are all kinds of questions here." The
first one he noted is, "How long are you going to stay?" (Washington Post).

Notice here the characteristic American combination of overwhelming military
superiority and political weakness. You can win the war, but lose the
battle, and the odds are that this is what will happen in the new
"adventure". Americans will live to regret it.

Jurriaan


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