Deadlines. Lines in the sand.
With President Bush's ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq by 8 p.m. (6 p.m., Arizona time) Wednesday, March 19, it seems only a matter of days before we are once again at war in the Middle East.
Are we ready? Truly ready?
Desert Storm was 12 years ago. For 12 years Hussein has had time to prepare for another confrontation with the U.S.
Is it really likely that this confrontation will see a finish for us that is as swift and sure as the last one?
In all the talk of war, there has not been much said about digging in and being prepared for the long haul.
After Sept. 11, 2001 and all its emotional and economical fallout, do we, as a nation, have the stuff to tough out months of news from the front?
Because, we really have not changed so much from our parents and grandparents who stood fast in support of our troops during World War II. We were the victims of a surprise attack and we mustered up what we needed to get the job done, on both the front line and on the home front.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have had time to gather our forces and resources and make the necessary plans to once again get the job done.
We have listened to the arguments of the world community.
But in the end, if 12 years of talking cannot change things, it is time to stop talking and take action.
It seems President Bush has decided that time is at hand.