To the editor:

As the President persists in pursuing victory in Iraq and everyone who is not a US Senator debates whether a "surge" will achieve it, I find myself wondering what “victory” might look like. I fear it could look like a celebration of the President’s “invade first, maybe ask questions later” foreign policy—oh, and an invasion of Iran. Why anyone would welcome that “victory” is beyond me. Imagine how many more American soldiers shipped home in boxes such a “victory” could bring. In this light, the real lesson of Viet Nam may well be that the American People can win by losing--fewer caskets--and I hope they learn it in time to ship the President’s Middle East policy somewhere, in boxes--preferably somewhere far, far away.

Robert A. Letcher, PhD
Columbus. Ohio