Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The end of combat in Iraq?

When you defeat the enemy, you don't send him home. You need him there so you can go home.

The invasion of Iraq was an arrogant abuse of power, a reckless, short-sighted, stupid thing to do. It was even more stupid for former U.S. Ambassador Paul Bremer (who had no military experience) to unilaterally disband the Iraqi Army (euphemistically called "de-Baathification"), which resulted in the U.S.-creation of... a Sunni insurgency and al-Qaida in Iraq.

But more than anything else, President Bush and Ambassador Bremer made a very deadly mistake, a blunder, which has cost the lives of more than 4,400 great Americans and wounded tens of thousands of brave U.S. soldiers. Bush and Bremer's short-sightedness and contempt for military history was evident in their decision, which may become known by military historians as the greatest U.S. military blunder of the 21st Century.

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