San Diego Soliloquies

Friday, May 21, 2004

Juan Cole Reaming the Cheerleaders for the War

If you haven't been reading Juan Cole, then you've missed getting analysis from someone who actually knows what' is going on. Today he lets loose on pundits who waved their pom-poms for this idiotic war, while sneering at those of us who urged caution. He also sums up what Vietnam taught us:

    The lessons progressives drew from the Vietnam War were that it is unwise for the US to become embroiled in an Asian land war, that Asian nationalism is a potent force that Washington consistently underestimates, that wars cost innocent lives and brutalize those who prosecute them, and that you should not go into a war without an exit strategy.

Well, that and "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line".

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