Friday, April 14, 2006

Could it be this easy?

Chas, at The New Chainik Hocker is arguing that we could have a much more successful occupation/development in Iraq by raising American troop levels to as little as 150,000, the level we maintained during the elections last December. The operative theory at the moment -- Iraqization -- is even less successful (if that's possible) than "Vietnamization" was in SE Asia, as Chas points out, and we've been understaffed there since the beginning which has seriously hurt our credibility, and we still have little clue what we're doing on the ground. And it may be that withdrawal wouldn't be the worst thing.

If Chas is right, really, then the Administration is even more culpably negligent than even critics like myself are prone to believe.

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