a. The war in Iraq received the support of many patriotic Americans.
b. The war in Iraq has been suboptimally executed for several years.
c. The extent of suboptimality has contributed to a need for extra effort in order to continue the war.
d. Many patriotic Americans hate not to win wars, in significant part on the theory that wars are not to be started unless they are to be won.
Ergo a failure of the surge, which cannot possibly result from poor military performance in the field, will cause a level of emotion among many patriotic Americans that will make the ire of Hewitt & Co. look like a mild case of chicken pox.
Against whom will this ire be directed?
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