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What are your thoughts on how we can successfully win in Iraq, and does anyone know of examples where insurgencies have been successfully crushed in the past?
You can't fight a war without trying to defeat the enemy.What army and police? You mean the one bought off by the militias and Iraqi congressmen?
UAV's ---no, thats not a good idea, sorry. When you "send in stealth bombers from time to time" you REALLY make the people of Iraq want to hate you for years to come. Its going to exasterbate the problem.
The American Civil War. Of course, that was at least as much an economic war as it was a war of cultures. With most of the industrial base in the North and most of the fighting in the South, the only questions were whether the North would fight long enough to win, or whether England would find a steady customer appealing enough to prolong the war past what the North would tolerate. Any true cultural division didn't occur until after the war had ended, during reconstruction.What are your thoughts on how we can successfully win in Iraq, and does anyone know of examples where insurgencies have been successfully crushed in the past?
This appears to be the policy for now, and by this statement, it appears that the US will not withdrawal but will be an invasive presence in Middle East - which in the long term - will likely compromise the security of the US. Even if the US can achieve some kind of stasis - the economic cost will be high and will likely undermine the US economy and standard of living."We are simply reaffirming that statement of the importance of the Gulf region to the United States and our determination to be an ongoing strong presence in that area for a long time into the future," Gates said.