FOURTH TURNING ALERT. Three years ago the Saddam statue came down. The day's links are full of triumphalism. Today, many of those same sources are suggesting that people brace for the long haul. Here is Vodka Pundit.

The most I was willing to admit about Iraq back then was that, “We didn't burn a whole lot, and some crazies just don't know when to cry uncle.”

But after 9/11, it became our duty to teach the barbarians that they must cry uncle – that we are willing to do whatever it takes to defend Western Civilization.

He links to a post suggesting the consequences of not doing so.

Ralph Peters has a similar tone.
We pulled too many punches in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now we're paying the price. If Tehran drags us into war, we should make the conflict so devastating and painful that even our allies are stunned.
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