Pletka: We Need Victory Even Though We Don’t Know What It Is

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"Pletka: We Need Victory Even Though We Don’t Know What It Is"

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Via Michael Cohen, Danielle Pletka offers up a nice summation of the vacuity of uber-hawk thinking about national security issues:

Worse still, for those who believe victory is worth achieving in Afghanistan, it’s not easy to pinpoint what victory looks like. It never has been. Nonetheless, Afghanistan has both strategic and moral value to the United States. And it is wise to remember that the price of failure is horribly high.

Look. If you’re going to say that the reason to do X and Y and Z is that X and Y and Z are necessary to achieve “victory” then you have to be able to say what “victory” means. If it’s not easy to pinpoint what victory looks like, then you have to try harder to pinpoint what victory looks like. If you can’t say what victory looks like, then you can’t ask us to do X and Y and Z in order to achieve it.

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