Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Is the Solution to Iraq Non-Military?

A number of senior U.S. military officials are saying there is no long-term military solution to the violence in Iraq. Knight-Ridder reports:

”I think the more accurate way to approach this right now is to concede that... this insurgency is not going to be settled, the terrorists and the terrorism in Iraq is not going to be settled, through military options or military operations,'' Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said last week, in a comment that echoes what other senior officers say. ``It's going to be settled in the political process.''

Asymmetric warfare is notoriously difficult to combat—even with the world’s best military. Given that American service members and Iraqi police and civilians continue to die at an unabated rate, new strategies are certainly warranted.

But can Iraqi Sunni’s and Shiites resolve their differences and end the violence? And how much affect on this can the U.S. have? Those questions have no ready answers. Clearly our troops can’t stay in Iraq forever and clearly the Iraqi people can’t form a strong society as long as daily violence continues.

Over two years into the conflict, it appears military leaders are ready to try some new ideas. Question is, is the civilian leadership at the Pentagon listening and can they develop a workable plan?

We have to hope so. There has to be a way to successfully end this war.


At 12:38 AM, Blogger AubreyJ said...

Quick note: I believe our military leaders are always looking for new ideas. Sometimes maybe too much so!!! As far as “Rummy” goes… I know he is open to new ideas; no matter if you think his ideas of late have been good ones or bad... Alan, worry not for we shall soon enough find our way to a successful end to this war in Iraq. To start with I think Iraq will settle down in another 6 months or so and by this we will surely be aiming ourselves in the right direction. Believe it or not… Afghanistan may not be out of the woods yet and become one of our next big problems… AGAIN!


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