In the meantime, for some background, I encourage you to read Shelby Steele's piece in the WSJ's Opinion Journal on why he believes that if we weren't quite so delicate things would be different in Iraq.
"Certainly since Vietnam, America has increasingly practiced a policy of
minimalism and restraint in war. And now this unacknowledged policy, which
always makes a space for the enemy, has us in another long and rather
passionless war against a weak enemy."
Weirdly, he wraps his reasoning around "white guilt".
Not surprisingly this has elicited some strong reactions.
From the left, you have Hilzoy, Glen Greenwald and David Schraub.
From the right, you have Jeff Goldstein, Mark Noonan and Wizbang.
If this all has a familiar ring to it, stick around. I hope to have my thoughts up some time tomorrow.