Saturday, October 08, 2005

**UPDATE**: Altering U.S. Strategy in Iraq

Victor David Hanson - someone whose work I admire greatly - echoed in an article yesterday the "welfare affects argument" I discussed in "A Conservative Argument for Leaving Iraq".

The key to stabilizing Iraq has been to promote the autonomy of Iraqi security forces — impossible if they are ensured that 300,000 or so American combat troops will do their fighting for them. And in this type of socio-cultural war, a smaller foreign footprint is critical, since the last thing we wish is an enormous ostentatious American military bureaucracy in Baghdad. (VDH)


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