Jaws of victory

Will Democrats once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Here’s a very encouraging report about the latest NATO (mostly American forces) offensive in Helmand province, one of the last redoubts of the Taliban. I don’t know how much play this will get in the Mass Media, as they generally don’t like to talk about American victories.


I am still seething about the Vietnam War, which helped to define my generation. It was a war we won militarily at great sacrifice and lost politically, when we betrayed our treaty obligations to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.  I believe that the point at which the Vietnam war was lost was when CBS’s Walter Cronkite pronounced the Tet Offensive as an American defeat (it was quite the opposite).

So, here is my question: will the Democrats and MainStream Media repeat history and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, or will they play this to a conclusive victory?

Just askin’

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  • Tonestaple

    I’m sure they will do their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Fortunately, there are enough alternative information streams that I don’t think they will be able to get away with it this time.

    HOWEVER, how long are we supposed to stay?  I expect we all read about Said Musa this week, the man in Kabul who is in prison and under a death sentence for converting to Christianity.  Here’s the article in case anyone missed it:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354246/One-legged-Afghan-Red-Cross-worker-hanged-converting-Christianity.html

    This is happening in Kabul which is under the control of the government we support, and it is completely antithetical to what we believe in.  So how long are we supposed to stay and support a barbaric government?

  • Danny Lemieux

    That’s a tough one for me, too, Tonestaple. It seems like we have two very bad choices.
    However, I support finishing the job that we started, which is to destroy the Taliban and send a clear message to the next regime that thinks about harboring Al Qaeda or any other group with ideas about attacking our country.
    We are either a strong horse or a weak horse.

  • Tonestaple

    Can we destroy the Taliban without taking out large chunks of Pakistan?  I don’t see how that’s possible. 

    I am the last person who wants to toss aside the work done by our men in arms, but how can this be finished with Pakistan standing by to make more mischief any time it feels like it?