surging issues

Thursday, April 8th, 2004

The problem of insurgency in Iraq at the moment is an incredible problem for current and future American policy. I’d hate to turn the latest maelstrom into a laboratory on order and “good government,” so I won’t, but the question remains concerning how to proceed. This BBC article has a little to say on the issue, though the suggestion is hidden.

I’ve neglected to write about this issue because of the welter of news and incident on the issue. There are too many arrows; too many splits; I’d call it a Yeats moment, so I will.

What is the evidence America winning the war against this insurgency? When will we be able to step back, since we’re stuck? The answer (I certainly don’t have it) will come when the politics subsides and rational strategy comes back into the picture–for that we have to wait till next year.


2 responses to “surging issues”

  1. Jason says:

    Hmmm…let me use my crystal ball. Ok, we’ll set up our puppet state, and then get the hell out of dodge. In short order, they’ll get overthrown, leaving us in roughly the same approximate situation we had before. Oh, except now they’ll be a new name for people to learn and hate…

    Jason (in a cynical mode today)

  2. Rina says:

    What is the evidence America winning the war against this insurgency?This question can’t even begin to be answered until the fog of battle begins to clear. The fact that this question is even asked goes to show our microwave mentality.When will we be able to step back, since we’re stuck?We’re not stuck, we’re in the fog of battle. It took a few generations to win the Cold War…what makes anyone think that Jihad is any different?The answer (I certainly don’t have it) will come when the politics subsides and rational strategy comes back into the picture–for that we have to wait till next year.The last part is really what infuriates me. That certain politicians would compromise the success of this mission for their own political gain is criminal.