Re(2): 'The Three Conjectures', The Belmont Club, TC Wretchard
Re(3): 'The Pentagons New Map', Thomas Barnet
Mr. Reynolds' great post contains the wry comment:
Meanwhile, Dick Aubrey writes about Friedman: "He's late to the party. We will win the WOT. The question is...will we respect ourselves in the morning?" So far we're waging the kindest, gentlest war in history. That could change, of course.This is a question I have been discussing in detail for a number of years. Wretchard posits much the same in his post 'The Three Conjectures' from a sharply different angle.
Basically it comes to this. Bush's leadership is offering a solution short of Total War. That solution is dependent on three things: 1) The Islamic civilization reforming itself to fit in the 20th century (yes, I know it's the 21st century), 2) Patience while the transition is ongoing, and 3) A strength of will capable of deterring terrorist states.
Obviously, the caterwauling Left has reduced the odds of dealing with the Islamofascist movement through something short of total war.
As Mr. Auby, Reynolds, and Wretchard make plain: We will win the War on Terror. As Reynolds and Wretchard postulate, the victory may prove Pyrrhic. History may not judge us well. If the Global War on Terror degrades to Total War, I would like to be the first to thank the ignorant and anti-American Left. One time, not so long ago, one of yours waived a document in the air. The Munich accord resulted in tens of millions of deaths.