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It's kinda hard to say we won the war against Saddam Hussein when Iraqis keep shooting us.
People may not want to hear this, but I think we do have to face facts. The facts say that the war in Iraq is not over. On the contrary, it seems to be ratcheting up every day.
Some odd things are happening. For instance, the raid on Al Qaim (search) in western Iraq. Apparently we shot up a Syrian border station and wounded some guards, whom we then promptly took into custody.
We have also sealed off the town. If a photographer approaches, an American soldier will say, "Take a picture and I break your camera."
Okay... this is getting weird, but I'm not going to condemn this skulking around and secrecy. After all, I'm the one who said we have to find Saddam Hussein because somebody is coordinating all of this and it's probably him.
So U.S. troops go into a village and cordon it off, and it now seems that our guys really did think they'd managed to hit Saddam's convoy en route to Syria the other day...
I asked for this stuff, so I'm not going to complain about it now.
Look… if we could have killed Ho Chi Minh (search), would the Vietnam war have been over sooner and with a better result? Maybe.
One thing's for sure. We weren't occupying Hanoi, poking around looking for old Ho as we're doing today with Saddam in Baghdad.
The fact that the former Iraqi dictator has no place to run and has to live among a couple hundred thousand American troops is an advantage.
The question in the bad old days was is there light at the end of the tunnel? The question today, before things become the bad old days, is are we in the tunnel?
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