Thursday, December 14, 2006

How to Win in Iraq

Really good article / action plan for how the United States can still choose victory in Iraq written by several decorated military commanders and published in the current issue of the "Worldwide Standard" section of The Weekly Standard.

Here is an excerpt:
Victory is still an option in Iraq. America, a country of 300 million people with a GDP of $12 trillion, and more than one million soldiers and marines can regain control of Iraq, a state the size of California with a population of 25 million and a GDP under $100 billion.

Victory in Iraq is vital to America’s security. Defeat will lead to regional conflict, humanitarian catastrophe, and increased global terrorism.

Iraq has reached a critical point. The strategy of relying on a political process to eliminate the insurgency has failed. Rising sectarian violence threatens to break America’s will to fight. This violence will destroy the Iraqi government, armed forces, and people if it is not rapidly controlled.

Victory in Iraq is still possible at an acceptable level of effort. We must adopt a new approach to the war and implement it quickly and decisively.

Three courses of action have been proposed. All will fail.

Click here to read their plan for victory. It doesn't sound fun or easy, but it is something that needs to be done for the same of Iraq, the Middle East, the U.S., and the world.

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