By Any Means


It’s only in the movies that the good guys get to blow a bunch of stuff up with no consequence to themselves, and then everybody goes home feeling satisfied.

The long-awaited report from the Iraq Study Group has been released, and the art of not answering questions has been raised to a new level by Tony Snow (to say nothing of his boss).   But there is, perhaps, a small amount of progress here:  at least some people are asking what in the world victory would look like, as well as what a path to victory might really look like.

According to the famous dictum of Carl von Clausewitz, “war is a continuation of politics by other means.”   Face it.   The “other means” have failed, and victory, however defined, must be pursued by means other than those “other means.”

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. Let him forsake evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and pursue it (1 Peter 3:10-11).

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