Maybe it’s just me, but it seems pretty f’ed up that Germany has managed to catch, try, and convict an accessory of the September 11th attackers, but all the mightiest military power in the world has managed to do is lock up an unknown number of people, for unknown offenses, which may or may not have anything to do with September 11th.
I also seem to remember that one of the reasons we went in to Afghanistan was to stop the “mastermind” behind the attacks, but the last I heard, he’s still out and about, somewhere.
Starting with Federal employees, I’ll say that those that I know of and work with in the base operations and training communities view Iraq as an enormous waste of time, money and resources. We’re all praying that it gets put off past the summer, so that the funds for our projects aren’t sucked back into the black hole that is Desert Storm II or whatever they’re calling it. The political leadership is not held in esteem. No one is planning on them being around past 20 January 2005.
The green suiters I work with are ambivalent about Iraq. They recognize it as an inordinate allocation of resources and effort that is distracting from actual threats, such as the continued fighting in Afghanistan and the real threat from North Korea. The higher you go in the military hierarchy, the more pronounced this perception is, or, at least, the more loudly it is vocalized. (At least up to the level I work with, which is the 0-6 and 0-7 level.) On the other hand, we have brothers who are going to be put in harm’s way — like many DA civilians, I’m ex-military — and there is absolutely nothing that can detract from supporting and protecting them. And, in the end, green suiters are paid to execute orders, not analyze them, and they take great pride in their ability to do so.