On my post, I quoted Cheney from his AP press "availability" yesterday:
... al Qaeda types, they clearly are betting on the proposition that ultimately they can break the will of the American people in terms of our ability to stay in the fight and complete the task.Anonymous said...
'Will' means nothing unless you know who you're fighting. Without intel on terrorists there is no sensible fight against terror. Iraq is an example of a defect in US intelligence. Osama on the loose is an example of a defect. Retreating behind oceans, worthless as that is, is better than running around attacking people who meant you no harm.
Iraq is an example of a lack of will by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Rumsfeld to put the number of troops into Iraq necessary initially to prevent an insurgency. The first responsibility of an invading force is to provide security for the local population. We didn't do that. The rule of thumb is 20 troops per 1000 population. Iraq's population is 20-25 million, indicating the need for 400,000-500,000 troops. We didn't provide them. That's why we're not winning the peace. That is the fault of the President.
The American people don't lack 'will.' We also don't lack politicians who go around blaming the people for their own failings.