Excellent line in Victor Davis Hanson's most recent thoughts on the war...
"if the sacrifice of American youth is not tied — daily, hourly — to larger strategic and humanitarian goals by eloquent statesmen who believe in the mission, then cynicism follows and, with it, despair."
This is where I've shown my disgust at the failure of our political leadership to lead our nation to victory.
Republicans and Democrats respectively have been unable to communicate or comprehend the importance of this struggle. Motives or reasons for the failure on either side are just as disgusting - but the ultimate result is the same. A failure of leadership.