Marine killed in Iraq–we can’t want it more than the locals do

Here we go again.

This touching and maddening report by my friend and ace Pentagon correspondent Nancy Youssef tells of a Marine who was killed in Iraq after he and 200 other Americans  deployed to a base the Iraqi military had abandoned as “too dangerous.”

How can it not be crystal clear by now that the US military cannot substitute its resolve for local will? It’s been clear to most of us, I would have thought, since Vietnam–and certainly from the pointless, costly and deadly US escapades in the Middle East more recently. We can’t want it more than they do.

Thanks to Nancy for pointing this out again by way of a real story from the real battlefield. This should be the basis for a presidential campaign debate–not empty threats, bravado and machismo.


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