Dear Troops, Michael Ledeen Wishes You Would Get Off Your Butts and Win the War

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Kos highlights the latest National Review column from uber-hawk and phony intelligence-peddler Michael Ledeen, wherein, amongst a whole bunch of craziness about attacking Iran and Syria — Ledeen actually writes that the way to show the Iraqis we have a “will to win” is to “go after the Iranians and the Syrians.” I presume if we could do that effectively we would just “go after” the bad guys in Iraq instead, but I’m not a fancy-pants think tank scholar — Ledeen manages to do something I don’t think anyone on the left has ever, ever done.

He calls out the troops in Iraq for not fighting hard enough.

We’ve got lots of soldiers sitting on megabases all over Iraq. They should be out and about, some of them embedded, others just moving around, tracking the terrorists, hunting them down. I don’t know how many guys and gals are sitting in air-conditioned quarters and drinking designer coffee, but it’s a substantial number. Enough of that.

I wish Michael Ledeen would head over to Iraq and deliver that message to our men and women in uniform personally. I’ll bet he’d get some designer coffee thrown in his face.

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