Thursday, November 16, 2006

Retired soldier-scholar on U.S. choices in Iraq

Zeb Bradford, now an exec with Citicorp was an important military thinker in his day. / Comment & analysis / Comment - More troops will not solve Iraq crisis: "The US will have to make distasteful compromises – to be specific rather than attempt a hasty reinforcement of troops as Messrs Kagan and Kristol suggest. We should engage those parties that have a stake in the outcome in Iraq to contribute military and political support to stabilise the country and reach a settlement. This would include Iran and Syria as well as the Saudis, Jordanians and others. We should give this several months but without a stated deadline. If that effort fails we must then be prepared to negotiate a US withdrawal or redeployment with the Iraqis and attempt to limit the adverse consequences as much as possible. I agree that the US and its allies must seek to minimise the damage in Iraq. The first requirement, however, is to recognise our own limitations."

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