U.S. Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates arrives for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 5, 2006. REUTERS/Jim Young
Get used to it. Despite possessing massive destructive capacity, the U.S. does not have the power to rule the whole world. The U.S. has no power to do anything positive in Iraq. "We" (our country despite the opposition of the saner people in our country) have lost this war.
Even old spook and cold warrior Robert Gates, Bush's nominee for Secretary of Defense (War) knows this:
I wonder if he really means, believes, takes the implications of that admission?
Even among progressives, it defies our imaginations that the U.S. could prove incapable of accomplishing a military task it set itself. But it is true. So much for this 1000 year empire.