Your Village Voice quotes a great essay on TomPaine.com:
Back in the United States, while the growth of anti-war sentiment is apparent, much of the criticism - especially what's spotlighted in news media - is based on distress that American casualties are continuing without any semblance of victory. In effect, many commentators see the problem as a grievous failure to kill enough of the bad guys in Iraq and sufficiently intimidate the rest.YVV adds:
But some questions are based on assumptions that should be rejected - and "What is it going to take to win?" is one of them. In Iraq, the U.S. occupation force can't "win." More importantly, it has no legitimate right to try.
True opposition to the Iraq War needs to challenge not just the reasons for war, but the fundamental tenant that this war should be won.Yes. This is exactly the point I was trying to make yesterday. The Iraq war is an unjust and criminal enterprise. In a saner world, we wouldn't be talking about "exit strategies," we'd be talking about trying the members of the Bush administration for war crimes.
Rather than bickering on how the US ended up in Iraq and how to make the best of it, there needs to be a plan to leave, not based on winning ... This war cannot and should not be won ... Let it go.