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Posted by AlM on Sun Aug 5 11:17:10 2007, in response to Maybe....Obama, posted by orange blossom special on Sun Aug 5 10:54:15 2007.I find it disturbing that there are people who think they can defeat the US military. All these woodsy folks who pack a lot of guns for just in case the US gov't turns fascists, I don't get how they'd protect themselves either. What fantasies they have.
That's because your definition of defeat isn't the same as theirs.
The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong never defeated the US military in a conventional sense. Yet they achieved their goal of controlling all of Vietnam.
The goons in Iraq, both Sunni and Shiite, cannot defeat the US military in the conventional sense. But they can make life so miserable for the US military that the US government, with the overwhelming backing of its citizens, deicdes to withdraw and let the goons fight it out among themselves, killing huge numbers of Iraqi civilians (but fewer Americans) in the process.
Similarly, the folks in NW Pakistan have a fairly good reason to believe that they could outlast the US's determination to have an effect in the area. I'm not saying they'd be right, and they'd certainly suffer massive casualties, but there's no guarantee that the outcome of US strikes in the region would be totally favorable to US interests and totally unfavorable to the interests of the military factions residing there.