Will the Baker-Hamilton Commission Reveal the Real War?

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Apr 25, 2004
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By Michael A. Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute
November 16, 2006

Will the Baker/Hamilton Commission Get This War Right?

Instead of trapping themselves in an imaginary quagmire, the commissioners can help us face the real war. What’s going on in Iraq is not “the war,” which is raging over the entire world. The real question--the life and death question--is: How can we win the war in the Middle East, which now extends from Afghanistan to Lebanon, Iraq, Israel, and Somalia?

That question forces us to devise a strategy to deal with multiple enemies instead of limiting our strategic thinking to the Iraqi insurgency alone. It forces us to confront the terror masters in Tehran and Syria as well as the killers in Iraq. If we ask how to win in Iraq alone, we are led into a fool’s errand of trying to convince our sworn enemies--Iran has been at war with us for twenty-seven years--to act like friends. But if we ask how to win the war, we can see that we have many good cards to play, and many real allies, from the Iranian and Syrian people to the millions of Kurds in Iran, Iraq and Syria, to several other oppressed groups throughout the region, and even to leaders who today denounce us.

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Exactly. That guy has it spot-on. :)

It's a good question and I'll be intersted to hear how the Commission frames the WOT. If they intend soley to resolve Iraq, they have failed to see the scope and magnitiude of the problem. The libs having been trying the same thing for years now, trying desperately to separate Afghanistan (good) from Iraq (bad). Maybe they will just decide to have 140,000 troops focus on the capture of bin laden and call it quits.

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