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Honest Argument: U.S. can still salvage the Iraqi state
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U.S. can still salvage the Iraqi state

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U.S. can still salvage the Iraqi state  U.S. can still salvage the Iraqi state
       Increase U.S. troop levels  Increase U.S. troop levels
              Threatens to break our nation's all-volunteer Army  Threatens to break our nation's all-volunteer Army
              U.S. Commanders in Iraq are opposed  U.S. Commanders in Iraq are opposed
                     Commanders now open to increase  Commanders now open to increase
                            Commanders are agreeing because it's their duty  Commanders are agreeing because it's their duty
              Lack of equipment  Lack of equipment
              Can't sustain level of spending, let alone increase  Can't sustain level of spending, let alone increase
                     Can be increased if taxes are raised  Can be increased if taxes are raised
       Accelerate training of and transfer to Iraqi military and police  Accelerate training of and transfer to Iraqi military and police
              Quality of Iraqi troops is questionable  Quality of Iraqi troops is questionable
                     Military no longer relying on Iraqi troops  Military no longer relying on Iraqi troops
              Lack of strong government undercuts Iraqi military  Lack of strong government undercuts Iraqi military
                     Prime Minister's office accused of sectarian agenda  Prime Minister's office accused of sectarian agenda
       Withdraw troops from Al Anbar province to Baghdad  Withdraw troops from Al Anbar province to Baghdad
       Partition the country  Partition the country
              Potential for ethnic cleansing  Potential for ethnic cleansing
              Turkey vehemently opposed  Turkey vehemently opposed
       Side with the Shiites to crush the Sunni insurgency  Side with the Shiites to crush the Sunni insurgency
       Side with the Sunnis against the Iranian-backed Shiites  Side with the Sunnis against the Iranian-backed Shiites
              No predent for successfully arming enemy in an insurgency  No predent for successfully arming enemy in an insurgency
              Adverse implications for political consolidation  Adverse implications for political consolidation
                     Effectively arming enemies of the Iraqi government  Effectively arming enemies of the Iraqi government
              Diffusing weapons and power has never created stability  Diffusing weapons and power has never created stability
              Could work if combined with support for Baathists  Could work if combined with support for Baathists
       Engage diplomatically with Iran and Syria  Engage diplomatically with Iran and Syria
              Letting the fox into the hen house  Letting the fox into the hen house
                     They're already there, acting in their own interests  They're already there, acting in their own interests
Tags: Iraq

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History as a Reference

In order to fully understand the situation in Iraq you have to look at history. The two points that I would like to comment on, are the last time Iraq was successfully conquered, and the history of popular supported insurgencies.
To start off we need to look far back into the lens of history to find the last time Iraq was successfully occupied. Some may debate it but I believe that Genghis Khan was the last leader to successfully rule over Iraq. Genghis' strategy for occupation was vastly different then the United States’. Genghis focused on winning over the hearts and minds of the common citizens and saved the invasion of Baghdad till he had a positive backing from the populous of Iraq. This strategy is quite different then the Shock and Awe tactics used by the U.S and one could argue that they were highly successful in comparison to our methods.
Another issue that can be analyzed with history is the patterns of insurgencies. Never in the history of the world has an occupying power "won" against a popularly supported insurgency. With this fact in mind it leaves me little to no hope that the situation in Iraq can be salvaged.


Comment by: Policygeek1 At: 2007-07-19 20:52:11



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