three blind mice... see how they run...
Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, says "we are losing ... the Army is stretched, possibly broken."
Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, a national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, and, before that, deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, reckons that "the US are breeding more terrorists than they're catching."
And here in Australia, Nick McKenzie, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, quotes (among others) the following Australian defence experts:
Vice-Admiral Ian MacDougall: "It is time the Australian Government … acknowledged this is unwinnable and we have to get out before we get hurt and get our tail kicked ... This is unwinnable."
Vice-Admiral David Leach: "Iraq is a confused and a hearty mess."
Air Marshal Ray Funnell: "...those denying there was civil war in Iraq were not facing up to the reality."
General Peter Gration, chief of the Defence Force during the first Gulf War: "The coalition has clearly failed. Australia should stop re-enforcing failure. The situation cannot be remedied and the decision to withdraw has to be taken."
Against all of this (and more), Bush, Blair, and our own fearless leader, John Howard, reckon that we can win this war. What the do they mean by "win"?
Anyway, it's clear that they willfully distorted the original intelligence assessments on Iraq in order to contrive an excuse to go war, and now they blindly distort the advice they are getting to continue to try to win an unwinnable war.
Is the term "fucking murderous idiots" too strong to describe them?
Ok, how about "war criminals" then... ?