george lakoff over at the rockridge institute argues that as long as we allow ourselves to call it the “war in iraq” we are buying into a false premise:
It is time to tell an inconvenient truth about Iraq: it is an
occupation, not a war. In wars, armies fight to dominate land. The US
won the war three years ago when Bush said, â€šÃ„ÃºMission Accomplishedâ€šÃ„Ã¹.
Then the occupation started, and our troops were not trained or
equipped for an occupation under predictably hostile circumstances.
Finally getting the courage to tell the truth that the US is an
occupying force drastically changes the picture in Iraq. You cannot
â€šÃ„Ãºwinâ€šÃ„Ã¹ an occupation. â€šÃ„ÃºCut and runâ€šÃ„Ã¹ does not apply to an occupation.