From the Political Journal (paid only)
"Somehow Operation Iraqi Freedom, not a large war by America's historical standards, has blossomed into a crisis of expectations that threatens our ability to react to future threats with a fist instead of five fingers. Instead of rallying we are squabbling, even as the slow fuse burns. One party is overly sanguine, unwilling to acknowledge its errors. The other is overly maudlin, unable to forgive the same... We are clashing with an enemy who has been at war with us in one form or another for two decades. Our military response may take decades more. We have crossed several rivers and the nation is hoping that ahead lie streams. But if they are oceans, we should heed Lincoln's call: "With malice toward none, with charity for all... let us strive on to finish the work we are in" -- Marine Corps Major and Iraq Veteran Owen West, founder of Vets for Freedom, writing in the New York Times.