Looking back at last year's Memorial Day entry, I notice that Polistra's attitude has changed significantly.
Last year she quoted Louis L'amour: "Victory is not won in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more."
Patience seemed important back then, as it seemed we were
winning, even an inch at a time. The hypothesis of implanting democracy on Arabs looked like a dubious but not-quite-impossible notion.
Now that the Iraq war has turned into a broken record, patience is gone. Each lost life, and each lost billion, has tremendous meaning unto itself. But the meaning is wasted -- even desecrated -- when the sole purpose is to let Mohammedans gain more ground in that region.