Being an amateur historian is a painful hobby to have. Careful study reveals the regular and oft-repeated tendencies of tyrannical central governments, especially the modus operandi they employee in the harmful prosecution of wasteful wars.
Listening today to Shrub, who has been forced to admit to failures in his warmongering, I was reminded of Adolf Hitler when he had to admit to the German people about the utter destruction of the vaunted Sixth Army at Stalingrad. He went on to use that opportunity to also explain that renewed sacrifice from the populace was expected and that staying the course in war was the only way to avoid total annihilation by the Asiatic Bolshevik rapers who would sweep across the Vistula River if they were not kept in tow on a battle front. Fighting them on their soil was making it safer for all German citizens by keeping them contained in military conflict in their own pig sty of a country.
Hitler then told the huddled masses that by invading Russia the Germans were doing these people a big favor by improving conditions in this backward land of peasants, cossacks, Jews and Mohammedans, all viciously dominated by a murderous madman in the Kremlin. Victory meant setting up the first civilized government structure in the whole long history of this strife torn country. Victory meant a public trial of Stalin as a war criminal. Victory meant the immense oil reserves of the Caucasus. No siree Bob we can't back out now. What kind of signal would that send to these savages? Germany must stay the course!