Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Attitude Adjustment

Every so often I'll come across a gem from the past that's so precious it's worth noting. Generally, I'm not a big fan of "archive gotcha." But if someone holds himself out as an expert and perhaps has some influence with policymakers, his past musings are fair game since they help us determine his credibility.

Recently I posted this collection of goodies from Victor Davis Hanson's commentariat past. Victor was feeling a bit down today; read his post here about the prospect of "losing" in Iraq, which he seems to believe will result from doing anything other than hemorrhaging blood and treasure for the next few decades.

Since he continues to represent himself as someone worth listening to on Iraq -- and he doesn't hesitate to make policy recommendations on Iran -- here's part of Victor's previous prescription for winning in Iraq, which he wrote on April 7, 2003 (read the entire piece for a good example of Hanson's style: ponderous prose, little substance):
How can we restore order with casual shooting? As the methodical British approach suggests, by containing hostile pockets, restoring civil society and being almost disdainful of the presence of remnant enemies, we in fact further isolate resistance.
Ethnic and religious conflict? Troop strength? Inconsequential. It's all about the attitude. We know how the disdain worked out. Should we try a wry grin next?

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

a smirk might REALLY worry them.

11/14/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about a grimace.

11/14/2006 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to put Saddam back in power. At least that way you have one murderer instead of a nation of them.

11/14/2006 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

All snark aside, we screwed up royally in the early days of the war by allowing looters to steal Bagdhad's cultural treasures.

Beyond the immorality of it, it just set the stage for utter lawlessness.

11/15/2006 6:53 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Saddam was practically begging us not to invade. Promising all oil, etc. If we just left him in charge. William Lind (jokingly) suggested in his latest column that we put him back in charge. Sadly it is too late for that. The Shites have tasted power and are now organized enough to dominate the Sunnis. When we leave there will be a Sunni bloodbath. The Shites have won that country. Iran finds itself a friend on it's border rather than an enemy. We became Iran's greatest ally.

11/15/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike .... we screwed up by invading.
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11/15/2006 12:59 PM  
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Anonymous MikeInOhio said...

Thanks for the massive headache from reading the drivel of another cheerleader for eternal war, Victor Hanson. He is one of the massive group of blind pundits who is feeling his way along, trying to make sense of how they could possibly not be as stupid as has now become evident to the world.

People of his ilk make me physically ill. What an absolute moron he is.

But hey, it's all just part and parcel of their game.

11/15/2006 9:14 PM  
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11/16/2006 5:37 AM  
Blogger kaimu said...

ALOHA !!

What war?

Anybody who is military takes an oath ... The "Oath Of Enlistment" ... no mention of JFKs War or George Bush's War ... only legal and constitutionally declared wars are allowed. The "oath" is to the US Constitution ...

The Oath Of Enlistment:

"I, _____ , having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; …

Please note that word "domestic" ... Now we know, yet once again, the wisdom the Founding Fathers!

11/16/2006 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iraq is a diversion. As the army attacks Iraq, the US gov't erodes rights at home by suspending habeas corpus, stealing private lands, banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, rigging elections, conducting warrantless wiretaps and starting 2 illegal wars based on lies. Soon, another US false-flag operation will occur (sinking of an Aircraft Carrier) and the US will invade Iran, (on behalf of Israel).
Final link (before Google Books bends to gov't demands and censors the title):
America Deceived (Book)

11/16/2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger Grodge said...

No thanks for lnking the recent VDH post, it is truly depressing. It could have been titled, "The Neocons broke America."

11/16/2006 9:13 AM  
Blogger FastEddiez said...

Kaimu,

The oath of enlistment is for "enlisted" people, your example is that of an army officer's oath. Officers are commisioned (a commision coming from congress), a small point but one often overlooked by Americans unfamiliar with the minutiae of the military.

BTW, every time an enlisted person enlists, or reenlists for another hitch, the oath is almost the same.

An expression I heard, I know not where "Saddam was Saddam because Iraq was Iraq." Future research will probably bear this out.

11/17/2006 12:28 AM  
Anonymous muddy said...

I don't think it's unfair to "play archive gotcha" with a historian. That's supposed to be his profession, and he ought to be more aware of people quoting old stuff than the average person.

11/19/2006 1:17 PM  
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