Think of this as Volume 11, Number 33 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
War is not a romantic struggle between soldiers. It is not the strategy or tactics of generals. It is a life-and-death struggle between nations, between societies.
The stronger economy wins.
This is not news. This is taught to every American child, north and south, when history class turns to the Civil War. Generals and esprit held the Confederacy together for a while, but eventually it was ground down, methodically, by Grant and Sherman, whose most famous saying was "War is all hell."
It still is.
Thus, the Georgia War offers Americans an enormous opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime teaching moment, a chance to crush the Republican Party of Joe McCarthy, of Richard Nixon, of Ronald Reagan, of George Bush and John McCain once and for all.
For American democracy to thrive, the Republican Party which emerges from its next exile must be very different from today's. And the difference should be this lesson, sweeping the neo-cons into the dustbin of history.
We can do this if we don't shrink from it. We can do this if we teach the lesson, and if we give our fellow countrymen credit for being able to learn it. Yes, we can. And yes, we must.
Start with a simple sentence. There are other ways to win wars.