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BAGHDAD AS IT IS, NOT AS WE WISH IT TO BE

There is little question that additional U.S. troops -- say, about 350,000 total -- could reduce the violence in Iraq to a level of that in, say, Lebanon. Rumsfeld has said, repeatedly -- does anyone listen, I wonder? -- that it is an American flaw and virtue that whenever something needs to be done, well by golly, let us Americans do it. There might be some magical path by which we could, in fact, engineer a peaceful transition to democracy, in the same way that NASA might be able to safely send a manned mission to Mars next year. Does anyone here really think that the former is easier than the latter? Our role in Iraq is to keep the balance of power -- read terror -- about even between the parties while they figure something out that will work for them. It ain't pretty, but it'll work better than duct tape.

Comment Posted By Perfesser On 2.04.2006 @ 08:56


 


 


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