Posts Tagged ‘iraq war’

Defining the Issues with Clarity

September 18, 2008

That’s a better title.  It establishes clearer purpose.   

I suggested yesterday that defining election year terms like elitist might be a useful way to spend the next weeks approaching the American presidential election, but what I really want to do is seek true definition of the issues and not just terms. 

Today’s issue is not really a timely issue as it’s been overshadowed by “the economy, stupid.”

But when we talk about victory in Iraq, what exactly does that mean?  What is victory supposed to look like?  How is victory to be defined?  Is it like pornography and we’ll know it when we see it?  Is victory achieved when the pre-war goals are achieved?  Does anyone remember what the pre-war goals were anymore? 

I recognize by asking these questions that I am not defining any issue with clarity as the title suggests here.  And I recognize by asking these questions I am opening myself to criticism by those who believe I am suggesting we “cut and run.”   However, I am of the opinion that we fix the mess we made. 

I am of the “Pottery Barn rule.”  I know why we are there; I hoped it was for other reasons, and as the build up suggested it was not for the reasons I believed in, I hoped a more solid case would be built.  Alas. 

The reasons for are as moot as the reasons against.  We are there.  But when politicians talk about Iraq in terms of victory and defeat, what does it mean for the United States to be victors?  Is victory only victory if we are not defeated?