"America's 'good war' turns into quicksand"
Media Monitors Network (A service of MMN International Inc.) (January 5, 2009)
The article itself is unremarkable. It's more of the usual:
"...US and NATO forces are adding to his problems by killing innocent civilians in the thousands...."
"...Obama’s announcement to send 20,000 additional troops to the .good war. in Afghanistan has been greeted by the Taliban with glee. They regard it as an opportunity to attack a .bigger army, bigger target and more shiny new weapons to take from the toy soldiers....."
What stands out is the use of the word, "quicksand" as a metaphor.
The author, Zia Sarhadi, seems to be aware that there are very few rice paddies in the Middle East - which makes use of the traditional "quagmire," so beloved of American champions of peace, love, and grooviness, rather inappropriate for today's political rhetoric.
Attention, Traditional American Liberals and Peaceniks! Vietnam is Over!"Quagmire" was a useful metaphor, back when all right-thinking collegians believed that the American military were baby-killers - or worse.
That was then, this is now.
Today, people who like to think for themselves face a real threat from an enemy whose spiritual home, and major bases of operation, are in some of driest real estate on Earth. Calling efforts to stop outfits like the Talban and Al Qaeda a "quagmire" is not only debatably prudent: considering the Middle East's climate, it's downright silly.
But then, so is nostalgically clinging to a set of assumptions and preferences that were already passing when Disco died.
- " 'Quagmire's' Back: Georgia, Russia, NATO, Bush, and the Blame Game"
(August 24, 2008)