posted on Jan, 26 2007 @ 11:18 PM
US is changing some tactics, but the overall strategy of the occupation is completely wrong, and the war will not be won the way it's going. It's
troops are getting bogged down fighting the insurgents and trying to control the civil strife, while they wait for the new Iraqi Democracy to
magically take shape and defend itself in a matter of years.
You can't build a democracy from the ground up in less than a decade (maybe even in several decades) when the entire country is in the midsts of war.
You can attempt to create a Democratic government if the conditions are peceful. But with Iraq, nothing short of military dictatorship will result
in stability. The country needs a tough and decisive leader, who is backed by the Iraqi military, and who is guaranteed to be loyal to the US. Heck,
create another Saddam- only one that is a US puppet.
A self-sufficient Democracy simply cannot be created in the midst of war, in a place that still has a dictatorial mentality. The outcome of the war
depends not so much on the US army's actions (it will never destroy all of the insurgents and hostile factions), but on what sort of government Iraq
will have. Democracy that is in place now (if it can be called that), will crumble as soon as US leaves, and likely even before it leaves.
Dictatorship is the only way out.
And assuming that the war was fought for reasons other than to bring Democracy to Iraq - an assumption one would be hard-pressed to contradict- this
could yeild a win for the US in that the country would be stable and under indirect US control.
[edit on 26-1-2007 by maloy]