Monday, July 10, 2006

Staying the Course or Fixing Iraq?

In my previous post, I argued that "staying the course" will not fix Iraq. I want to add that "staying the course" has nothing to do with Iraq and everything to do with the November elections. Staying the course in Iraq does not fix Iraq. It cannot. It is impossible. This is not a pessimistic fatalistic view, but a realistic view. We do not have enough troops in Iraq to stop the violence. Our presence there actually exacerbates the problem rather than fixes it. So "staying the course"---which means keeping the same troop level, with occasional leaks of possible troop withdrawals, which are test balloons floated out there to gauge public sentiment, with no real plan laid out--is a failure of a plan and will end in sorrow for the United States of America.

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