Wesley Clark Nails It -- Again
As usual, General Clark's trenchant analysis is right on the money. Read his article in the WaPo and see what a true military man has to say about the Quagmire-in-the-DesertTM.
With each passing month the difficulties are compounded and the chances for a successful outcome are reduced. Urgent modification of the strategy is required before it is too late to do anything other than simply withdraw our forces.Why didn't John Kerry choose The General as his running mate? Edwards brought exactly zero to the ticket and he was a major disappointment to me and many others I have spoken to. Clark would have been a hugely better candidate and a major boost to the party.
Adding a diplomatic track to the strategy is a must. The United States should form a standing conference of Iraq's neighbors, complete with committees dealing with all the regional economic and political issues, including trade, travel, cross-border infrastructure projects and, of course, cutting off the infiltration of jihadists. The United States should tone down its raw rhetoric and instead listen more carefully to the many voices within the region. In addition, a public U.S. declaration forswearing permanent bases in Iraq would be a helpful step in engaging both regional and Iraqi support as we implement our plans.
Is it that the Democrats just don't want to win?
Or was it that they just didn't want to win that one?