Ralph Peters in the New York Post has a nicely coherent warning to the US public:
"August 4, 2005 -- In Iraq yesterday a roadside bomb killed 14 Marines. Two days earlier, six Marines from the same outfit were ambushed and killed. Yet those Marines were not the terrorists' primary target.
Our enemies know the Marines won't quit. But they hope you will.
The terrorists realize now that they can't defeat our military. Instead, they hope to achieve what the North Vietnamese did: To blur the reality on the ground and convince the American public that we're losing.
Those Marines were tactical targets of opportunity. You're the strategic target. The terrorists hope that our media will create an atmosphere of failure � and that you'll give in to a sense of defeat.
The Marines are looking for a few good men (and women). The terrorists are looking for headlines"
We hope that in this age of alternative media and instqant communication, we will not succumb to the constant drumbeat of quagmire and defeatism led by "The most trusted man in America" we saw in the Vietnam era.
Let us not allow the brave Marines on the other side of the planet to struggle and sacrifice in vain.