Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

My hubby blew his stack yesterday when he saw the name of the big US PR push in Iraq: "Hearts and Minds."

"Don’t they realize what that’s FROM?" He stalked around the kitchen. "It’s a Vietnam-Era saying. The WHOLE quotation is "when you’ve got ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.’ Is THAT the REAL message?"

Evidently so. I’m not hearing anyone addressing the problem that the average Iraqi has with our being there. It’s not just terrorists and Hussein-era powers and ‘warlords."

I was also pretty annoyed today to hear Bush harping on the idea that no-one was going to "cut and run while I’m in the Oval Office." Haven’t seen anybody suggest that we should. It’s comparable to the standard question, "When did you stop beating your wife?"

We’re in it up to our necks now – we have to try to set things as right as we can. It would help if we wouldn’t invade sacred cities, of course. Don’t we have ANY religious advisors in this country?

Saw my first John Kerry bumper sticker today. Dare we hope?


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