I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Drum Roll

Kevin Drum has really been on a roll when it comes to Iraq the last few days. He did a great job of debunking "the surge is a success" meme, here and here.
Today we have this on the money observation.
Consider two other big counterinsurgency wars that were going badly after a few years: Vietnam in 1964 and Afghanistan in 1984. In both cases, the entangled superpower had the option of either pulling out and taking its lumps or extending the conflict, and in both cases it made the choice to extend the conflict. And both times that was the wrong decision. Staying in Vietnam did immense long-term damage to the national security of both Southeast Asia and the United States, and staying in Afghanistan was a leading cause of the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. For both countries, staying involved in a long and deadly counterinsurgency almost certainly did far more harm than pulling out would have.

So if you had to guess whether another five or ten years would be good or bad for the United States, the odds say it will be bad. Very, very bad.
But of course that's what everyone is suggesting. Of course that's not going to happen. At the latest the US will be out sometime in 2009. If the Bush/Cheney cabal compound the Iraq debacle with an attack on Iran it will be must sooner.

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