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What do we do?

After reading about some of the rumors about a Bush pull out from Iraq next year, I’ve been doing some thinking. What’s the best plan? How do we get out of this?

It seems like we are a stablizing factor in Iraq right now, as well as a factor in the instability. While we’re there there will be no end to the violence, but without us the country could collapse into civil war. So what do we do? Pull out? Any gov’t we put in is bound to be overthrown, if it’s not to the Shi’ites’ liking. An Islamic ruler could create another Iran, and that’s what’s likely to happen in elections. But we can’t deny Iraq the right to self-determination. Would there be enough good will from backing off and allowing the election to be completely free that they wouldn’t become an enemy? Can we really be concerned with that at this point? Can we put the possibility of a threat against us above a legitimate Iraqi gov’t?

So, what’s the best course of action? My guess is this: Relinquish complete control to the UN. Leave some of our forces as part of a UN security force. Have elections. Provide security, if the new leaders want it, until they can get set up. Pull out completely.

That’s not a new idea. Seems to be at least a variant of the basic idea on the left here, and I think of many in the Arab world. That’s the best I have. What Bush will actually do is a whole ‘nother story.

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  1. Steve
    November 1, 2003 at 2:59 am

    Best analogy that I heard was from a Scottish bloke teaching in Saudi Arabia, posting on a BB full of right wingers.

    He agreed that the U.S. can’t pull out until peace is reached.

    His analogy was one of a dodgy surgeon, having commenced an unnecessary operation.

    You can’t walk out, leaving the patient eviscerated on the table. You must at least sew it back together again.

  2. November 2, 2003 at 7:52 pm

    However, an incompetent surgeon can and should, in that situation, hand the operation over to a competent one.

    We should hand over Iraqi reconstruction and nation making to the UN, and then pull out….

    But then Halliburton and company probably would find their obscene contracts reneged on. And we can’t stand for that, can we?

  3. November 4, 2003 at 11:45 pm

    I think this is a significant question, and one that any Democratic successor to Bush will have to face. Trying to get it right after we’ve gotten it so wrong will probably turn out to be a fools errand. The UN is the only alternative… but what will it take to get them back in after the bombing in August?

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