December 20, 2003
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Losing The War

We could well be losing the war in Iraq.

Such is the bind that the Bush Administration has led us into in Iraq. Appalling, intolerable—in all senses, maddening—as the terrorist tactics of the Iraqi insurgents may be, their truck bombs, donkey-cart missile launchers, and sniper rifles are tactical political instruments that have steadily and systematically succeeded in isolating American forces in Iraq.

Philip Gourevitch, writing in the New Yorker, argues out that the insurgents are getting what they want, they're forcing the American army to do what they'd like it to do, and sooner or later -- probably sooner, since attention span is not one of Dubya's strongest points -- the Americans will leave. Algeria, indeed. Thanks, Talking Points Memo.