A military that pioneered counterinsurgency may need a refresher course.
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While Keane judges that British plans to leave Iraq reflect a failure of political nerve, Prime Minister Brown said that Britain’s withdrawal is possible because it has achieved its goals. U.K. forces have improved security, created economic development, and helped prepare for provincial elections, he said. The U.K. has helped to train 20,000 Iraqi troops and more than 22,000 police.
Christopher Pang of the British nongovernmental defense research group Royal United Services Institute, cites another reason: the U.K. military is withdrawing from Iraq because it wants to use its limited resources where it believes they are most strategically important, in Afghanistan. Pang is RUSI’s head of the Middle East and North Africa Program.
Cornish finds that the British are leaving because “In a sense, both positive and negative are coming together at the right time” — the British have been achieving their aims in the past half a year and the British Army is also “exhausted.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?