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Leave or Lose

One senses a ghastly inevitability about this American adventure—half tragedy, half farce and all folly.

George Washington, Reluctant Realist

“What if we win?” was a question that resounded in 1778, too.

Morale Matters

After several months in which the news from Iraq has steadily if spottily improved, the time has come to think about what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable.

On Toleration

Postmodern toleration has its dogmatic side.

Don't Declare Victory

We clearly are able to achieve short- to medium-term improvements in the security conditions in the country, but we should have no illusions that we can soon “win” a bigger game.

Stay to Win

In the fifth year of America’s war in Iraq, some astounding numbers have come to suggest that the tide just might be turning.

We Won Years Ago

Such success as we have achieved in Iraq, like the strategic and tactical failures there that went before, is due largely to the (bewilderingly episodic) leadership of President Bush.

Winning a Civil War?

The U.S. military has supported and enabled the Sunni Awakening but we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that the U.S. military initiated or commands it.

For the Long Haul

Success in Iraq will come when Americans and Iraqis have arrived at a relationship durable enough to ride out political change in both societies.

Winning Will Resonate

If Iraq drops to page-three or page-four story by the end of 2008, that would qualify as a better outcome, if not exactly a “win.”

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