Lincoln, He's Not

Writing on the Wall Street Journal (print edition) op-ed page, Randy E. Barnett sums up the Bush administration’s astoundingly inept Iraq war strategy:

The Bush administration might be faulted, not so much for its initial errors which occur in any war against a determined foe who adjusts creatively to any preconceived central “plan,” but for its dogged refusal to alter its approach — and promptly replace its military commanders as President Lincoln did repeatedly — when it became clear that its tactics were not working. This prolonged delay gave the enemy time to better organize its resistance and, perhaps most important, demoralized those Americans who had initially supported the war but who needed to see continued progress toward victory to maintain their support.

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