The U.S. Military: Not a Proud Member of the Reality-Based Community

From Holden:

It’s very depressing to read something like this in the Times:

As military officials here prepare to start letting the first residents return to Falluja, possibly as soon as mid-December, they face an unusual challenge: how to win back the confidence of the people whose city they have just destroyed.

Generally, I’d say that it’s nearly impossible to regain trust that you never had in the first place, particularly from people that you just bombed with white phosphorus and napalm en route to destroying their entire city. Establishing trust may be possible in a generation or two, but it will be impossible to do so by January 30.