Monday, June 11, 2007
This Side Of The Horizon
Just a quick postscript to yesterday' post defending the idea of basing American troops in Iraq after a significant drawdown. My support for the idea would be contingent on three conditions:
- The time horizon was shortterm (ie. in the 3-5 year range), with an emphasis on keeping it shorter rather than longer.
- The rules of engagement were strictly limited to defending the Iraqi borders from incursions by uniformed, regular forces, and preventing a fullscale humanitarian crisis (ie. sectarian massacres).
- The current level of insurgent violence does not follow the troops to their "disengaged" bases.
In all likelihood, I'm being too naive by dismissing the Bush administration's Korean analogy too quickly. So just to be clear, I am not supporting the idea of permanent, over the horizon American military bases in Iraq.