01 January, 2007

News: Iraq, Terrorism, and Facts

I won't pretend to be educated on Iraq, on which of our moves were mistakes, or on whether going in was the right thing to do. I have become convinced that we won the war we meant to win, and are currently befuddled with one that we hoped never to fight.

It's always a bad strategy to plan on your opponent not doing the one thing that would really mess you up. If you are doing that, it is a prime indicator that you think your opponent is stupid, but it's really you who's registering low on the brilliance meter.

Stephen F. Hayes has put together a readable collection of facts that we learned shortly after the invasion, and that we know now. He is a journalist, and was in support of the original invasion. I think he strikes a good balance.

The article appears in Imprimis, the national speech digest of Hillsdale College. I recommend the digest, and the college in glowing terms to anyone interested.

Saddam's Iraq and Islamic Terrorism: What We Now Know.

3 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

I liked this: "It's always a bad strategy to plan on your opponent not doing the one thing that would really mess you up. If you are doing that, it is a prime indicator that you think your opponent is stupid, but it's really you who's registering low on the brilliance meter."

Kansas Bob said...

I forgot to come back here to tell you that your post reminded me about Fool's Mate :) Ever try that opening on a decent chess player ... they will eat you up!

codepoke said...

Haha. Yes, I saw you over there, and made the connection. :-)