In another thread, the topic of the current administration's plan (or lack of, if that's what you think) in Iraq has 'failed'. And in pursuit of that thought, Pyro said:
There may be arguments that thier post-war planning was as good as it could be, but these are pretty poor excuses. What happens when your plan fails and your boss comes up to you and asks what happened? "it didn't account for all the variables", "it should've been updated", "it was hard". Seriously.
And it got me thinking. What about all of the failed plans to fix social ailments over the past 50 years? Have those plans been subjected to the level of scrutiny in the press and public debate that the plan to rebuild Iraq has? Have we spent 1/10th the effort pointing out that the plans like the 'war on poverty', rent-controls, welfare, social security, government sponsored heath care, affirmative action, sex education in schools, 'progressive learning' in schools, etc have all failed more miserably than the plan to rebuild Iraq?
Why are we so quick to proclaim that an effort to rebuild a nation has failed before even a year has passed, and yet 40 years of 'criminal reform not criminal punishment' causing an actual increase in crime goes unnoticed?