We Don't Control Iraq
|Juan Cole has an article on Salon today detailing why Partitioning Iraq would be a disaster. (I wrote about this here.)|
While Professor Cole is no doubt pretty near the mark on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that what the United States thinks should be done vis-a-vis partition is inconsequential.
People seem to not realize that we do not make those decisions in Iraq anymore. I'm not sure if we make any decisions anymore considering that the Iraqi Prime Minister can order US troops to stop a blockade of Sadr City that was set up to help locate a missing US soldier.
I think partition in Iraq (and the negative consequences to the region and the world that Juan Cole details) is inevitable. The Kurds want it and enough of the Shiites want it. It doesn't matter what we say or what the Turks or Saudis say.
Iraq is done.
We need to redeploy out of Iraq to calm the anti-US rebellion and remain in other parts of the region to contain the violence inside the country. We will also be able to respond to any al-Qaeda threats that may arise in Iraq. (Remember that Zarqawi was killed by troops who were stationed in Jordan.)
The idea that Iraq will become the center of a new caliphate is ridiculous. The Shiites (who control the country) would never allow it. The idea that al-Anbar would become an al-Qaeda haven is also unrealistic. The Sunnis have no interest in that.
The time to redeploy is now. The only way that will happen is if Democrats take control of Congress.
Vote Jim Webb and GOTV.
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