My sea daddy told me long ago never to let the bad guys touch you. When they do, they realize you bleed just like they do and then they kill you. We should not be losing an average of two service members and a dozen wounded every day, and we long ago should have had a stable, democratic Iraq. The mantra of every U.S. President always has been that going to war—sending the country's best and brightest into harm's way—is the very last resort. They say it and believe it, but they do not understand it. The Joint Chiefs must make the administration understand and prepare for war, and the Joint Chiefs have failed miserably.
I never was more proud of a vote I had cast than the day before the war when my President communicated to the world that the United States would not prosecute this conflict using half measures. I briefly thought we had another Winston Churchill, someone with historical insight and a strong will. Then the war began, and it has been one huge enemy casualty-minimizing, infratructure-preserving, militant-Islam-respecting, coalition-building half measure.