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Eliot Cohen Rethinks the War in Iraq

July 11th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

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A very well thought out article by Eliot Cohen regarding his changing view on the war in Iraq now that his own son is heading over to fight.

Highlights:

“But what I did not know then that I do know now is just how incompetent we would be at carrying out that task.”

“Decades of American policy had hoped to achieve stability in the Middle East by relying on accommodating thugs and kleptocrats to maintain order. That policy, too, had failed; it was the well-educated children of our client regimes who leveled the Twin Towers, after all.”

“It is a flicker of rage that two years into an insurgency, we still expose our troops in Humvees to the blasts of roadside bombs — knowing that even the armored version of that humble successor to the Jeep is simply not designed for warfare along guerrilla-infested highways, while, at the same time, knowing that plenty of countries manufacture armored cars that are. It is disbelief at a manpower system that, following its prewar routines, ships soldiers off to war for a year or 15 months, giving them two weeks of leave at the end, when our British comrades, more experienced in these matters and wiser in pacing themselves, ship troops out for half that time, and give them an extra month on top of their regular leave after an operational deployment.”

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