Monday, August 22, 2005

Juan Cole's latest suggestions for Iraq - replace ground ops with air support

Juan Cole has a bunch of suggestions, and the most important are removing US troops from cities, a phased withdrawal of ground operations, and maintaining a US military air presence so that air support can shut down the bad guys (whoever they are) and prevent a full-scale civil war from breaking out.

I'll have to think about it - I'm not sure if this will work as well in urbanized Iraq as it did in mostly-rural Afghanistan, and it also contradicts my sense that part of Afghanistan's continuing problems is the insufficient military support on the ground to stabilize the central government. On the other hand, the geniuses currently running our Iraq policy aren't doing such a hot job, so maybe this is the best of a group of terrible options.

key: Iraq

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