Tuesday, March 25, 2008

On a "military solution" in Iraq

In response to my post on today's candlelight vigil to mark the 4,000 U.S. military death in Iraq, chuck said:

There does appear to be a military solution. The Iraqis are finding that tolerating terrorists will not bring them peace.

Thanks for taking the time to post your comment.
But I would continue to argue that there is no military solution in Iraq. As an occupying power we are facing an insurgency that has every right to want us out of their country.
It's not even clear - because no one who talks about it ever it makes clear - what a "military solution" would look like.
Only the Iraqis can solve their own problems. Whatever that solution will look like. By continuing to occupy their country we are only delaying an end to the problems that our invasion exacerbated in the first place.
Just as our "leaders" lied to get us into Iraq, so they continue to lie to justify our staying there for a long time. Now, of course, people like Bush, Cheney and McSame have 4,000 GI deaths to guilt trip us into supporting their failed strategy.
We should not have invaded in the first place and should not be there now.

1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

In Vietnam after US won militarily the Tet Offensive, they lost politically and were at the end of the war.

The US lost in Iraq, except that Bush is much like Nixon, adventurous and provincial. The war is lost, and Syria, Iran, and the Saudis will bail them out.