The Fantasy of Victory

General Joseph Fil, who heads American military operations in Baghdad says at least half the city is secure. That means, “where we have security forces there and we’re denying space to enemy forces.” Let’s assume General Fils is correct, and half of Baghdad is secure, will be remain secure once American troops leave? That’s the key question.

There is no “victory” in the current fighting in Iraq. We can deny “space” temporarily, but within weeks or months or a year, insurgents will resume operations. Fils admits “This is a skilled and determined enemy.” They will hide, but they will not just vanish because Americans kill dozens or hundreds. The only solution is “political” in which those providing military support withdraw such assistance and those engaged in fighting agree to participate in a political process. The Bush surge ignores Iran, Syria, and other Arab nations whose support is vital to end the madness of Iraq.

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