Monday, July 10, 2006

The U.S. Will Win In Iraq?

I never had a doubt, did you?

From the Dayton Daily News:

Larry Schweikart believes the United States will prevail in Iraq.

The University of Dayton history professor tells why in his new book, America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror.

The book takes a conservative view of the war, making it the lone wolf in a pack of recent books with a more critical look at the three-year-old conflict.

America's Victories comes on the heels of Schweikart's book A Patriot's History of the United States. Written with assistance from University of Washington professor Michael Allen, it's a conservative history of the nation.

Schweikart views Iraq as a battle in the global war on terrorism and said, by his estimate, the U.S. military and allies have killed about 20,000 terrorists.

"People say we're just creating more of the terrorists. A) That's hogwash and B) no military has sustained these levels of losses and gone on to win," said Schweikart, who views the insurgency as a military.

Schweikart lists seven characteristics that ensure the United States will win the war on terror, including the nation's tradition of individual autonomy. For example, Schweikart said that preceding the raid of Baghdad during the Iraq War, military leaders valued the ideas of individuals, such as deployed colonels and others on the ground, leading to the successful capture of Iraq's capital.

A Patriot's History of the United States was excellent and I suppose that it was "conservative" only if you assume that "liberal" history is codeword for "anti-American hogwash." Oh, wait...

It is not too late to add both to your summer reading list.

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