Monday, July 10, 2006

To Be Warriors

"Thoughts speculative their unsure hopes relate,
But certain issue, strokes must arbitrate.
Towards which, advance the war!"

-- Old Siward, leader of the English forces amassed against the tyrant, Macbeth.

"Nor, with the exception of its senior leaders, does the officer corps seem that much more attuned to debates at home. The borders of the sectors where they work 20-hour days define their horizons. Even the brightest among them, explains one company commander, avoid broader discussions about the war--in many cases a conscious choice, he adds, for even to entertain doubts risks "taking a step into nowhere." Having bled so much here, the officer corps has very little use for the suggestion it did so in vain. Tellingly, a Pew Research Center survey last year found that 64 percent of the military was confident of success in Iraq, a higher percentage than the public at large and roughly twice the percentage of civilian elites."

-- Lawrence F. Kaplan, writing on the reality of fighting on the ground in Iraq ("AT THE END OF THE WAR, THE ARMY DIGS IN," The New Republic, July 10, 2006)

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