Yesterday, I pointed out that Mr. Obama’s strategy for Iraq, at least as it is being presented, really has very little to do with Iraq. I take a certain amount of satisfaction in the fact that the Washington Post today makes the same point in their Op-Ed piece (read more | digg story).
Also interesting is the response from Dr. Susan Rice, a senior foreign policy adviser to Mr. Obama, about the editorial. The war on terror is a lot like the arcade game, Whack-a-Mole. I would not be in the least bit surprised if it were discovered that the rise in violence in Afghanistan is being coordinated by al Qaeda. To suggest that the US can afford to withdraw from Iraq in order to pursue terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan is to admit a lack of understanding of how terrorist organizations operate.
The only viable, responsible way out of Iraq is through an economically and politically stable Iraq whose Army and Police force are capable of ensuring that nation’s security. Anything short of that leaves open the opportunity for al Qaeda.
[posted with ecto]