“We’ll know it when we see it.” — Richard Holbrooke, Special US Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan on defining victory in Af-Pak
“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . [b]ut I know it when I see it . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defining pornography in 1964
Well, there you go…Richard Holbrooke has defined the US’s demented mission in Af-Pak as an indefinite proposition and when I say “define” I am joking, because what kind of definition is “we’ll know it when we see it?”
Oh yeah, I know what kind of definition that is; it’s a Bush era definition, which is totally appropriate because it seems like in so many ways that we are still in the Bush/Cheney era…or error.