< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: Don't Take Your Eye Off the Ball

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Don't Take Your Eye Off the Ball

It will be easy for Democrats and anyone else upset at being lied into a war to jump at the news of indictments, should they occur, in the Plame affair. But let's not allow this scandal to be the end of the story. The real story is the Iraq War, the War on Terror, and the dangerous sleight of hand game President George W. Bush has played between them. By mixing and matching them, he's confused the true target of our military operations. Just a few weeks ago, I linked to an article where Lt. Gen. William Odom described the Iraq Invasion as the "greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history." Armando at Daily Kos has an interesting story on this topic, his source puts the initial tactical blunder slightly before the Iraq Invasion, at the mountains of Tora Bora.
In future decades, I doubt any other battle will be seen as the first critical turning point. Here was a chance to wipe out Al-Qaeda's leadership in one swoop. But at precisely the same time at which Tora Bora occurred, a different set of ideas had emerged as the principals under which we would fight GWOT.
Describing a change in strategy based on Iraqi conquest ideals, Armando's article parallels Odom's critique and calls the final outcome of Tora Bora "one of the biggest military blunders of all time." It would be a shame if we, the opposition, followed the same blunders for which we roundly criticize the President and his war cabinet. Let's not take our eye off the ball. The President's mishandling of the Global War on Terror is the true target of our campaign.