Monday :: Jun 13, 2005

While Joe Biden Talks About a Draft, Experts in Iraq Admit the Insurgency Cannot Be Won Militarily


by Mary

Yesterday, Joe Biden carried Bush's water by forgetting to point out that the Iraq war was Bush's war of choice. Biden still believes that Iraq is "winnable". He should start talking to the senior Military officers who believe that this war won't be won by military action.

A growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have concluded that there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. troops during the past two years.

Instead, officers say, the only way to end the guerilla war is through Iraqi politics - an arena that so far has been crippled by divisions between Shiite Muslims, whose coalition dominated the January elections, and Sunni Muslims, who are a minority in Iraq but form the base of support for the insurgency.

"I think the more accurate way to approach this right now is to concede that ... this insurgency is not going to be settled, the terrorists and the terrorism in Iraq is not going to be settled, through military options or military operations," Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said last week, in a comment that echoes what other senior officers say. "It's going to be settled in the political process."

Perhaps Joe would like to start thinking about how to convince the administration that diplomacy and building a trustworthy political process is something they should be working on, rather than going around trying to build a case for war against Iran?

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