Everybody has an opinion about Iraq these days. See Bold moves, now by Michael Michael Goodwin because it makes a lot of sense:
"Maybe it's time to bypass the lame Iraqi military and the lamer Iraqi government and do the damn job ourselves.
Let's go in with massive force - 100,000 extra troops - and flatten the resistance and sectarian killers once and for all.
Let's crush the bastards and be done with it."
Why haven't someone said this before?
It makes sense to me.
We have a national security stake in making sure that Iraq turns into a stable state. I did not say a perfect democracy but a stable state.
Let's face it. South Korea is not a perfect democracy and we have been there for 50 years. We've been in Bosnia for 11 years but Pres. Clinton promised to have the troops home by Christmas '95!
We will probably be in Iraq for a long time. A stable Iraq is the perfect medicine for the Middle East. A stable Iraq will turn into a prosperous nation with a big middle class.
Again, I did not say that Iraq would turn into some type of utopia....what nation has? Nevertheless, a stable Iraq will be a huge victory over terrorism.
Goodwin is exactly right:
"Everybody else is hoping the bipartisan Iraqi Study Group will come up with something brilliant and new.
Perhaps it will. But if not, let's at least consider cutting out the Iraqi middlemen and doing the job ourselves.
After all, our national security is too important to leave to a country that can't even defend itself."
What do we have to lose?