Despite being the Stupidest Man on Earth, I’m sometimes right, and it hurts every time.
Last week I predicted that as the demand for news from Iraq drops, the hacks now covering that war will emigrate to Afghanistan. Now it turns out that, after pronouncing the Iraq war “won”, the inimitable Michael “We’re Winning” Yon is on his way to Kabul and beyond. I guess we’ll be winning that one, too, in no time.
To be honest, I haven’t read Yon for a while. He’s well connected within the top echelons of MNF-I, some of his dispatches are diligently researched and not badly written, and the INTSUMs he published were priceless to detail freaks like myself. I can even put up with his self-aggrandisement and melodramatic embellishments. But then there’s stuff like this:
Over the past 15 months, we have proved that we can win this war. We stand now at the moment of truth. Victory – and a democracy in the Arab world – is within our grasp. But it could yet slip away if our leaders remain transfixed by the war we almost lost, rather than focusing on the war we are winning today.
I have no other way of saying this: You haven’t won shit. You’ve just cleaned up after yourselves. Yes, your military has proved flexible and imaginative beyond all expectations. But you don’t deserve praise for that any more than my five-year-old does for putting his Legos back in the box after a day’s play.