From an email about the recent anti-war protests:
Representative government is a messy process. We make our best decisions when we (civilian Americans), are covered in mud and blood. When public buses are blowing up on American streets, these anti-war protesters may have something else to wank about.
Only psychopaths like war, but only the intellectually infantile could think war is never the answer to any problem. While we use measured force liberally in Iraq, our current involvement could hardly be described as “war.” The comparatively lengthy duration of our Iraq adventure is a function of our sensitivity to collateral damage and our mission to support a young, indigenous government still wobbly on its feet. If it were truly war, we could have reduced Iraq to a pile of broken cinder blocks, decimated the civilian population, set up an occupation government and enforced martial law on the survivors in two months. Does anyone remember Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima? Our current form of “kinder, gentler war” reduces blood shed but stretches the time to resolution. To the point we removed the Ba’athist, Hussein government, our casualties were less than two hundred. The subsequent casualties are the price paid in American blood to avoid shedding every drop of Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian blood. We are in uncharted territory which, by definition, obviates perfect navigation. Our purpose, replacing a tyrannical government (that terrorized a civilian population, attacked neighbors with WMD, conducted racial genocide and filled mass graves with the bodies of children), with government by the people, is a noble one. We may not succeed, but no American should be ashamed of our attempt to do so.
The protester population is a minuscule percentage of America. Like the bacteria that live around any anal sphincter, they are omnipresent, stinky and largely unseen (given proper hygiene). Sadly, mainstream media prefers to put its nose in there and keep it there. Don’t let it get you down. All Americans are not the bacteria the media highlights. I am surrounded by uniformed ass kickers who make me proud and grateful to be an American. Hold your head high and thank God daily that you live in this great country where freedom to spout off extends even to bacteria.
UPDATE: See also this.