There is a particular danger with a war that God commands. What if God should lose? That is unthinkable to the evangelicals. They cannot accept the idea of second-guessing God, and he was the one who led them into war. Thus, in 2006, when two thirds of the American people told pollsters that the war in Iraq was a mistake, the third of those still standing behind it were mainly evangelicals (who make up about one third of the population). It was a faith-based certitude.
Here's what I think happens when a nation loses a war it thinks God commanded. Either people of faith turn on the false prophets that misled them into war. Or, like Germany after World War I, they turn to the legend of a "stab in the back."
How long do you suppose it will take Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Richard Land to blame the liberals, the church-state separationists, the secular humanists, the ACLU, the gays and the feminists for their anointed's debacle in Iraq?