Pulling plug out of question, but changing our presence open for debate. I think we should pull back from combat, go advisory, and stay over-the-horizon close in Kurdistan and Kuwait, meaning we go to more air-to-ground support ops, focus on training, and let the Sunni-Shiia fight play out some.
Then we'd have leverage over both Iran and Saudi Arabia instead of the other way around.
Bit of a bloodbath? Yes, but that much seems already set in motion. Question is how fast does it go? And how soon can we get neighbors (Syria, House of Saud, Iran) to work for stability instead of fighting us and each other through proxies?
Oh, and how many troops we waste trying to control sectarian violence in Iraq when our foreign policy encourages the same the region over?
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I swear, I've never done 4 posts in a day before. Loyal readers know that I'm capable of going weeks without posting at all, but I just came across an interesting post by Tom. Yeah, we're on a first-name basis. jk But I respect his opinion, so I feel the need to link to his thoughts on our contemporary situation regarding Iraq (I'll only steal half of it):