Wolfowitz: Iraq Debacle Like Korean War
The aftermath of another American war is instructive. Fifty-seven years ago, an armistice ended the fighting in Korea — another unpopular conflict, far bloodier than the Iraq war, although shorter. [. . .] Some similar considerations apply to Iraq today. First, Iraq occupies a key position in the Persian Gulf, a strategically important region of the world — a position that is all the more important because of the dangerous ambitions of Iran’s rulers.
[. . .]It is well worth celebrating the end of combat operations after seven years, and the homecoming of so many troops. But fully abandoning Iraq would damage the interests of the United States in the region and beyond. Maintaining a long-term commitment, albeit at greatly reduced cost and risk, is the best way to secure the gains that have been achieved with so much sacrifice.
Being one of the principal architects of the greatest strategic error in recent American history does not lead to humility. The Iraq Debacle and the Korean War have nothing in common. Moreover, there is nothing the US can really do for Iraq. Iraq will sort out Iraq. And a Wolfowitz Op-Ed won't change that. But coming from the guy who said the Iraq War would pay for itself, who had Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki cashiered because he told the truth about the Iraq Debacle, talk about the "gains" we made in the trillion dollar Debacle is really galling. He seems anxious to gain "credit" for the Iraq Debacle. I'm all for that. All credit to the Neocons for the disaster that is the Iraq Debacle.
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