News from Iraq this morning is that Muqtada Al-Sadr's Shiite militia has overrun a southern Iraqi city, destorying police stations in their siege. If you're a "stay-the-course" guy, you're thinking that we can just send the Marines in there and root these terrorists out. If you've been in the military, or you know anything at all about urban warfare, you know that we are likely to lose American lives in that hypothetical endeavor. Now I need you to ask yourself why it would be okay to have to explain to the family of a slain Marine that he died to re-take an obscure southern Iraqi city of absolutely zero strategic importance three years after a successful invasion of that country.
How can you justify American deaths in Iraq three years after the war? War should generate a profit- destroy your enemy's war-making ability, take your spoils and GO HOME!
Some people feel like talk of a withdrawl is a sign of weakness, and they would look like fools for changing their minds. I haven't changed mine- The invasion was awesome, but now we've ruined 100% of our advantage gained from it because our President gave in to political pressure and didn't seize the Iraqi oil fields like he promised (he just handed them over to OPEC), and now our soldiers are walking around with no objective, just waiting to be ambushed or drive over an IED because we have no strategy.
That's a lot of critisizm, but I do have an idea for how to stop the bleeding:
We pull our military presence out of all cities except the green zone in Baghdad, and station our soldier in our largest bases, where we construct runways, hangars, and barracks, if not equipped already. We need to concentrate our forces in areas that we can actually keep secure, maintaining just a handful of these super bases throughout the country. Has it been done before? Yes, in Germany, in the wake of World War II. The occupation went so poorly that we just built giant bases to shelter our soldiers. Rammstein AFB is one example that is highly functional even today.
The insurgency isn't going to quit until we leave, but the President won't let us leave until the insurgency quits. Sooner or later, we'll realize that we are doing to Iraq EXACTLY WHAT KING GEORGE DID TO US. Yeah, the British had a much better army, but we beat them because we believed in what we were doing, and it was our home. I think Muslims are all idiots, but if they believe in it then how are we going to set up our government on their turf when they don't want it?