Wednesday, November 15, 2006
To Go or Not to Go
Since the election the call has went out to get the hell out of Iraq, but is that the best solution?
We are literally up to our collective asses in alligators in Iraq. We have pissed off the entire world community with the invasion and subsequent shock and awe, blowing up stuff to show our mighty firepower with the hope of intimidating the Iraqis into bending to our supreme power.
Well let me say right off, that power has shrunken to the size of a pea and frankly we are the laughing stock of Arabs all over the Middle East. They know we are being drained, day by day, of our strength to keep things together over there. However our fearless leaders are unwilling to admit they have lost, so here we continue on an uncharted course the Adminstration set us upon.
The unwillingness to realize we screwed up is making this so-called war an ongoing bloodfilled massacre a war without end, without any plan for exiting the region. Recognizing ones mistakes and attempting to correct them is a sign of personal growth. So far the only growth shown have been the insurgents'. The Republicans still insist more troops are needed, why? We have expended all the energy in our volunteer services now, do we want a draft to enslave more young people to a war without end? I would hope not.
Right now it is time for the military to backup and re-group. Our bases must be hardened to provide at least a one mile perimeter around them as a buffer zone to protect from RPGs and assault. Those with any less should be closed and the equipment moved to a base with sufficient buffer zones. Next get the troops off the streets and into the bases and keep them there. Let the chips fall where they may between rival factions for a while. Let us see how they would act without Americans on the streets. Maintaining forces on hardened bases for a period of time would allow for a reduction in troop casualties at the same time allowing Iraqis to control their own destiny.
Going from an active role to an overseer role would give us some time to evaluate the Iraqi's willingness to go it alone. Eventually the dust would settle in the region and large scale withdrawal would be possible. If we do not allow the Iraqis a chance to take charge of their own affairs, we will never know if they can truly do so.