11/02/2006 05:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Win/Win, Lose/Lose

On talk shows throughout America now, the $64,000 question is: "Don't
you want America to win the war in Iraq?".

Let's get this straight: We will never win the war in Iraq. We have
already lost it.

The war was lost the day it was declared, because the decision was
based on false information, distorted interpretations, undefined
objectives, unclear strategy, outright lies and corrupt self-interest.

We have lost not only the war, but trillions of dollars that should
have been used for the betterment of our country and our citizens.
have lost nearly three thousand American lives -- as many as were lost in
9/11. We have utterly destroyed a foreign nation, killed hundreds of
thousands of innocent people, amplified the anger and hatred of the Muslim
world, increased the threat of international terrorism, and lost the
support and respect of our allies.

We have ruined our credibility as a democratic, just, peace-loving

Wars, in any case, are never completely "won". Whether they are
launched aggressively or in self-defense, everyone loses something --
people, territory, resources, security, independence, pride. Even civil
wars and revolutions which may seem necessary and desirable have
devastating consequences that take decades to set right. Even World War
II -- an imperative battle for our very existence -- had the deplorable
result of splitting Europe in two for nearly half a century.

The Cold War -- a virtual war if ever there was one -- skewed our
thinking and our economy and our goals.

The Vietnam War was sheer folly, carried to needless tragedy.

The Iraq "war" is not even a conflict: it is a brutal invasion.

There was, at the outset, no opponent to fight -- only one man to capture.

Our continued presence there is escalating a problem that was generated
by our own government.

Long before she became prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir said. "A
leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not
fit to be a leader."

Disenchanted with combat and victory, the Duke of Wellington
confessed, "Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle

And visionary George Orwell observed, "The quickest way of ending a
war is to lose it."

So there, perhaps, is the answer -- the way out of this quagmire:
Let's admit we've "lost the war"...and thereby end it.