In a recent National Review article he entitled “Surreal Rules”, Victor Davis Hanson describes the difficulties of fighting in an absurdly complicated region. He uses hyperbole to outline the rules that he has concluded are necessary for winning a war in the Middle East:
1. To win these wars, our soldiers must not die or kill.
2. To win these wars, there must be no news of them.
3. To win these wars, a liberal Democrat must wage them.
4. To win these wars, we must win over the Europeans by ensuring they can always earn a profit.
5. To win these wars, we need to outsource the job to those who can fight them with impunity.
6. To win these wars, they should be over in 24 hours — but at all cost no more than 8 weeks.
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