The Pentagon's closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials. ...Insiders have dubbed the options "Go Big," "Go Long" and "Go Home.How about "Go to War"? Isn't it significant that the Pentagon, the agency of government charged with planning wars, is completely incapable of considering the most logical thing of all -- attack the sources of the insurgency in Iraq -- Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.
I mean, bad enough that the woosy weasels in the State Department consider it unthinkable, but we're talking a so-called warriors undertaking a simple consideration of *alternatives*, and they left out the most important, most obvious alternative of all: wage war against the enemy. I mean, not even a real attack, just item 4 in a list.
And even more pathetic -- their idea of "go 'big'" (quotes mine) is to do more of the same that's obviously working so well so far. (I call this the "Jump the Snake River Canyon on a Moped" option.)
This is what happens when you have generals and admirals who get advanced degrees in international relations. They don't even want to put war on the table cause some damn fool might actually consider it viable. No surprise that's the perspective they bring to battle planning.
We used to have a Department of War in the last war we won -- WWII. (Does anybody really consider Grenada or Panama "wars"?) Then it was renamed the Department of Defense and we had Korea, Vietnam, etc. But what we now have is a defacto Department of Peace, filled with Ivy league educated war-wooses (how do you spell that? let's be descriptive -- sissies) who jet around the globe, like statesmen, meeting world leaders (seriously), and then sit around, hold hands and sing "Kumbaya" before planning how to "win the peace" (authentic DOD term) with humanitarian missions, food drops for starving enemies, psychological counseling for enemy civilians exposed to our barbarity, and all manner of other idiot activities our military now engages in.
Ever see the satire "Demolition Man" about a future world filled with a risk-averse, pacified, namby-pamby population of pacifist pusillanimous puerile pissant people who get killed en masse when a single ruthless bad guy from the previous century is let loose? We're living it. Be well. (That's the universal greeting of these pussycats.)