Everything Is Going Well

Everyone who believes that this war is not going well is ignoring objective realities. We are at the gates of Baghdad, which means that according to strict military criteria, this war is so far going very well. The problem is that we live in times of 24-hour news coverage, which creates enormous pressure for the media to constantly deliver new information. As a result, after two or three days the viewers, the reporters and even the commentators get bored with just one topic. Think of it this way: Reporters are like small children sitting in the back seat of the car on a road trip with their parents; their constant refrain: when will we get there, are we there yet, why aren't we there yet?

Every war presents the same phenomenon. Everything is fine on the first day, but as the days pass and we do not win instantaneously, people start to search for holes in the entire structure. We had the same experience during the Balkan war, in Afghanistan and even during the first war in the Persian Gulf. The mood would swing from optimism, to pessimism to resignation and then back to optimism. Those swings, however, do not have much to do with reality.

Regarding the question of predictions on the length of the war, those who foretold a quick end to the war are now coming in for a great deal of criticism. Let us recall that there are two kinds of fools: Those who predicted the precise duration of the war, and those who now criticize them.

This war will end when it ends. In some European and Arab countries it is willingly forgotten that the Americans and their allies are taking unprecedented care to minimize Iraqi civilian casualties. The most important thing for the world to understand is that Saddam Hussein would have long been dead by now had the United States been willing to use Iraqi tactics to prevail.

Danielle Pletka is vice president for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at AEI.

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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