Monday, November 5, 2007
Shit Or Get Off The Pot
In another must read out of the Small Wars Journal blog, Adam Cobb spells out the options for America in Iraq:
Bottom-line: we have to accept the current situation and be realistic about fixing it or we cut our losses and get out.
By that he means that anything short of a ten-to-twenty year guaranteed commitment, as in "We're not going anywhere 'til this thing's settled", will amount to incrementalism and allow everyone who doesn't feel like fighting against us now to wait us out. On the other hand, he argues that the consequences of our leaving immediately, while potentially bloody, will in all likelihood be self-correcting.
The worst possible option, though, is to keep ante-ing up for one year intervals and postponing a final reckoning, something the current administration has been all too willing to do, and something that plans for gradual withdrawal might become should we get drawn back in while we're busy getting out.