Re: “Did the surge succeed?” (editorial, 9-30).
The editorial describes “the relative stability of Iraq – where the army’s counter-insurgency tactics did finally prevail.” Twenty-four hours later, a headline reads, “Series of attacks kills at least 26: Coordinated bombings point to continued instability” (TNT, 10-1).
The attempt to minimize the enormous impact by U.S. and NATO military and contract warriors by suggesting relative peaceful results supports and reinforces the denial which apparently pervades much of public thinking and lack of appropriate behavior.
The editorial continues with, “One unambiguous result, namely, fewer U.S. troops will be dying.” Nonsense! We never read about the 100,000-plus Iraqi dead, nor do most Americans demonstrate a willingness to confront the massive killings and destruction with which U.S. and NATO forces are involved.
Any well-meaning editorial designed to provide comfort and some sort of hope for hopeless and horrible situations fails to mobilize opportunities for improvement.