“OK, so there was no WMD. The war was run badly by Bush and Rumsfeld. But now the professionals are running it and we’re starting to win. Let us finish the job. You don’t like them, but you respect us. Don’t let us down, like you did in Vietnam.”This could work. Everything does come down to results. If the Army and Marines can keep winning, I think they’ll keep getting the support of the American people. If the President can shut up and let the military remain the focus of the war, then we might just get through this. War supporters should give people enough breathing room to support the war effort without having to endorse the President. Hell, let him be a scapegoat if we can win. Admit what went wrong. Assign blame. There’s plenty to go around.
The war has to stop being a Republican war. It has to stop being Bush’s war. If it becomes the US military’s war, then it’s everyone’s war. And we can win. It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care about taking credit. The war is more important than partisan points. — John Lynch
h/t Glenn Reynolds