20 October 2006
American general admits that war is not going entirely as he would have wished.
"Operation Together Forward has made a difference in the focus areas but it has not met our overall expectations of sustaining a reduction in... violence," said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, as he discussed the latest American failure in Iraq.
One is reminded of the words of the late emperor of Japan when he said that "the war has not progressed entirely as we would have wished".
The word defeat was not used in either speech, but that is what these words mean. Aching, terrible defeat.