Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Three Prongs Approach to Victory in Iraq

There is a question by critics of The War in Iraq that what constitutes success. It is a fair question and deserved a good and honest answer – something that the administration so far has failed to do. So I will offer my amateur and novice opinion. My thinking is partially based on the experience in Iraq.

Victory in Iraq for us requires a success in a three prongs attack: (1) the political prong, (2) the economic prong, (3) the military prong. All three aspects (or at least two out of three) are needed to ensure long term success.

On the Political prong, Iraq requires a viable government – a democratically elected government that is self-sustaining with a strong political institution (executive, legislative and judicial). The Economic front Iraq need a sustainable economy with basic services and basic infrastructure. On the Military front, Iraq needs an armed force that can handle the insurgency on its own (with limited US assistance of course). Lacking any of the three factors put the future of Iraq (and the Middle East) at great risk.

Of course this is only a thesis. I will elaborate the idea further tomorrow and also assess where we are on each of the criteria.

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I'd agree with the third - a police and military able to deal with unrest and jihadists.

The other two may be required to achieve that but only to a certain degree. A stable government doesn't have to be democratic but that is the best long-term choice. A stable government doesn't need a thriving economy but unrest is greater without some level of a functioning ecomony.

I think if we set priorities, we can decide if and how other factors help achieve our priorities. That's what the President needs to do. But he is unable to even name the enemy - he refers to them by their method of fighting (terrorism) or the degree of commitment (extremism).

I'd like to see how you're going to address this issue.

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