Food Lion and today
Miles ticked by and I knew we were getting closer, despite feeling pressure that I had to prove my knowledge of island geography. I knew I had seen the store before, but had I misjudged? Yet, because the island was quite narrow, turning around meant defeat and humiliation. What if we turned around and it really was just around the corner? All that time spent driving away from the beach house would have been for naught.
Finally we arrived, yet we were hurried because it was getting late. We couldn't enjoy it. We were worried about being scolded. We didn't realize just how far we came until we drove the distance back to the house. The drive was silent as we each asked ourselves "Was it really worth it? Should we have found something else closer in to do?"
Sure enough, upon returning the questioning commenced. "We were worried, where did you go? Why did you go that far? There was another store only a few minutes in the other direction!"
Folks, we're being lead on a path where it seems like no one, not even the Adminstration, knows the distance until we can pull-out of Iraq. The longer we head down this path, the more doubt settles in. We are offered reassurement that once we arrive, the journey will be worth it. However, our drivers are historically arrogant in being that they don't like to admit mistakes.
For the above reasons, I'm troubled by what the Washington Post will report Sunday as the lowering of expectations for progress in Iraq. I guess if the Army can lower its recruiting goals to issue press releases of meeting their monthly quotas, the White House can do the same. Essentially, the war we were sold and the sacrifices our soldiers make everyday will be cheapened as our goals are reduced. In my simple mind, that's not cool.
I know it's a tough battle, I know more will die, and I know a lot of good is happening over there. However, the longer we go down this path, the more doubt I have. I am not reassured by articles like these, I'm not reassured by the class I took on middle east history last year, I'm not reassured knowing that one of the steps toward Israel being created was because the British through its hands up with its "white-man's burden" and left Palestine in chaos. We took many unprecedented steps these past few years, justifying them against our high expectations for Iraq. I pray we don't have to suffer the indignity of France and Germany wagging the "I told you so" finger at us.
As more mishaps occur along this path the need to see progress overshadowing suicide attacks grows even more urgent. Time is running short, and the return on our investment in this war is in jeopardy.
I ask the question that so many asked yet were ridiculed as un-American in 2002: Did America bite off more than it could chew? I hope not, for we must succeed. Reading this article makes me question if President Bush really knows the true distance to the next Food Lion.