I cannot speak for Fritz but for me, long posts are fine (I read the whole thing, too) but this is a bit of a stretch. The post may have to do with the gospel and/or the church, but the main drive of it does not at all and thus doesn’t really belong in a blog set apart for specifically gospel-related topics. I can easily get this post or one like it in a place where this type of topic is the focus without needing it here.
By the way, I actually DO agree with some (though not all) of Seth’s points and think he did a well thought out essay here. Also, just to be clear (though I don’t imply you implied this:) I DO make a point to keep up on all the news I can from as many varieties of sources as is feasible.]]>
Realize that the looters example was merely one example of many of the sort of tough stance that I believe was necessary to truly succeed in Iraq.
Of course shooting 50 looters wasn’t going to magically solve all the problems we’ve had the past few years. That was never my point.
My point was that we needed to have the sort of “political toughness” going into this that was needed to truly win the respect of the Iraqi people and give the population confidence in their own future under U.S. supervision. That “toughness” could have manifested itself in any number of ways. The looters scenarion was merely one example. We never had a real desire to win in Iraq – thus our halfhearted efforts at occupation.
And I never said the military was incompetent. All my criticism was directed at the strategic gameplan.]]>
“50 looters shot vs. the thousands of civilians tortured and murdered since then? Your call.”
What does this mean? Seriously, what the heck? You think there would have been no insurgency if we had cracked down on the looting?
You speak endlessly about the incompetence of the military, but I don’t think I caught a single argument as to why the administration can not or should have known they cannot accomplish their goals in Iraq. You’ve got some hard core Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.]]>
I DO enjoy all your other thoughts, posts and comments though. I look forward to your next one:)]]>
One more thing. How long did it take you to prepare such a submission? Or did you just copy all those points from some other far-out post?
For next time, remember the value of brevity. Look it up. B-r-e-v-i-t-y. Brevity.
What’s w/ the length? Who in his/her right mind can respond to all these points you bring up? I could only read the first 3 paragraphs and realized I would spend an hour getting through this. What’s become of this blog?
Take this topic somewhere else. I imagine most of us disagree w/ much (likely most) of your statements, and virtually all of your conclusions.
You’ve got me flabbergasted. Turn off the war topic valve. How about discussions relating to the Gospel. Isn’t that the intent of this site in the first place? For heaven’s sake! We all wish the war were going better, but Seth’s running tongue is worse than worthless; it’s also annoying as he#*. I mean heck.