An Interesting Comparison...
Guest post: hilzoy
From Angry Bear:
"This coming Thursday, May 19, 2005, will be the 1,346th day since the attacks of 9/11. That is the same length of time from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the end of WWII on V-J Day. (Dec 7, 1941 to Aug 24, 1945)
Most comparisons between WWII and the Global War on Terror (GWOT) have been preposterous: Saddam Hussein was no Adlof Hitler; the "Axis of Evil" was no WWII Axis Powers; the far right even went so far as to compare Colin Powell to Neville Chamberlain.
But this milestone does provide the opportunity to compare the effectiveness of America's responses to both crises. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, America came together, and with determination, shared sacrifice, and the effective and focused leadership of FDR, George C. Marshall, and many others, America and her allies were victorious. (...)
A poorly defined mission has led to poor results. Iraq is a mess and many Americans have concluded that the invasion of Iraq was unrelated to the GWOT. The situtation in Afghanistan is not much better. Worldwide terrorism is still on the rise and America is now deeply divided.
The economic consequences of this "war" have been significant and are growing. The most obvious are the war expenditures: over $250 Billion already spent and Congress has just passed another spending bill for an additional $82 Billion. Even before the ink dried, Congress is discussing the need for another $50 Billion later this year. All of these expenditures are "off-budget" and are not included in the Bush Administration's reported budget deficits. CORRECTION: The GWOT expenditures are excluded from the "on-budget" projections, but they are included in prior year on-budget deficits. Sorry for any confusion, CR.
And the most deleterious impact may come from the growing lack of confidence in America's leadership. In the event of an international or economic crisis, I have no confidence that the Bush Administration will respond appropriately.
It took 1,346 days to win WWII. 1,346 days after 9/11, what have we accomplished?"
Good question. One of the things that I find hardest to understand about this administration is its fundamental lack of seriousness in the war on terror. I wrote about this before the election here (Afghanistan), here (nuclear non-proliferation), and here (homeland security). Rather than rehash all the details here, I'll just say that I think Bush has not done a good job at all on these fronts, and that details about why I think this can be found in those earlier posts.
We have not caught Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri. (But then, Bush is "not that concerned about him".) We have done very little to secure ourselves against further terrorist attacks, secure nuclear material overseas, or prevent North Korea from turning into a one-stop shopping center for WMD, and we have made a mess of Afghanistan.
So when, exactly, can we expect VT Day? And how many lives will be lost before we get there?