Very nice post on Iraq policies at Whiskey Bar.

The rational conclusion, which I guess will be resisted until all else has failed, is that the first path I mentioned, the path of recognition, isn’t optional. Until the American people understand (I’m not sure the elites will ever get it) that terrorism can’t be fought, much less defeated, without a sea change in U.S. attitudes — not just towards the Middle East but towards the world — it looks like we’re going to be stuck in the worst of both worlds: too brutal to be respected; not nearly brutal enough to be feared, in the way an empire based entirely on hard power must be feared.

It might sound strange, but the best way to solve the situation is to not just do something, but speak, speak, speak about it until this average brainwashed US citizen understands…