“winning” the war

So I have to wonder, what the fuck does this mean? “A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday indicated fewer than half of Americans believe the United States will win the Iraq war.”

I’ve seen this so many times with cnn.com polls. The questions are worded in such a way as to be meaningless. What exactly does it mean to “win the Iraq war?” What are the conditions of victory?

Wasn’t the goal to oust Saddam? If so, doesn’t that mean we already won? Or was it about making sure Iraq has no WMDs? They don’t, so we already won, right?

This question reflects the big problem with this war: there is no clear, justifiable objective. Our troops have no mission there that makes any sense.

Apart from protecting the Halliburton employees in the oil fields, of course…

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