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Sunday, May 09, 2004

Changing Course in Iraq


The Washington Post today has two interesting proposals for changing course in Iraq, and bringing our troops home quickly.

John Brady Kiesling, a former U.S. diplomat, suggests that we choose some Iraqi leader that we like and encourage him to drive us out. "The struggle against foreign occupation can generate the legitimacy needed to hold Iraq together. A leader who drives the Americans out can claim the loyalty of enough of the Iraqi people to govern Iraq by methods more acceptable than Saddam Hussein's."

The Green Berets think we should drastically reduce the number of troops in Iraq, according to a Post news analysis.
Like many in the Special Forces, defense consultant Michael Vickers advocates radically trimming the U.S. presence in Iraq, making it much more like the one in Afghanistan, where there are 20,000 troops and almost none in the capital, Kabul. The U.S. military has a small presence in the daily life of Afghans. Basically, it ignores them and focuses its attention on fighting pockets of Taliban and al Qaeda holdouts. Nor has it tried to disarm the militias that control much of the country.

Who'd of thought a year ago that, as a model for occupying a country, Afghanistan would look so good?
 
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