britain, virtually alone in europe, recognizes the need for a credible
force along side a credible peace position. if you’ve lost the
ability to use force, your only position is negotiating terms of
surrender. the UK has never forgotten the lessons of WW2, and it’s to
the benefit of the entire world it hasnt.
As to what the American electorate is willing to support to get to Baghdad:
my general sense is that we aren’t willing to endure a Stalingrad, but if there
are heavy casualties … including Iraqi civilian casualties … we’re willing
to accept that as a sad but unavoidable price of war. Our stomachs have a
little more fortitude than our European wards (calling them “allies” at this
point, bar Britain, is a joke).