Where's the exit?
June 21, 2006 10:13 AM Subscribe
The debate over exit strategies for Iraq.
The biggest problem with treating Iraq like Vietnam is Iraqization -- the main
component of the current U.S. military strategy. In a people's war, handing the
fighting off to local forces makes sense because it undermines the nationalist
component of insurgent resistance, improves the quality of local intelligence,
and boosts troop strength. But in a communal civil war, it throws gasoline on
the fire. Iraq's Sunnis perceive the "national" army and police force as a
Shiite-Kurdish militia on steroids.
Biddle also emphasizes the need for
a compromise based on a constitutional deal with ironclad power-sharing arrangements protecting all parties
responses from Larry Diamond, James Dobbins, Chaim Kaufmann, and Leslie Gelb.
anticipated the current situation
emphasizes the need for ongoing US involvement in the region.
is pessimistic, describing the US as being in a no-win situation whether
it stays or leaves. A list of proposed
collected by the Project for Defense Alternatives.
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