He feels he, not Maliki, should be forming the new Iraqi government — but does it matter?
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Mr. Allawi has it precisely backwards. Iraq’s future cannot be stable or secure unless and until the outside influences – the nations, such as Iran, — which sponsor terrorism and threaten Iraqi independence – are forced to end their interference. And the same is true for the other “flashpoint” issues in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. From Israel to Pakistan, from Iran to Syria to Saudi Arabia, the wars we fight and may in the future cannot be won without correctly defining the enemy as the state sponsors of terrorism. Only then can we derive a strategy that can end the threat to America.
President Obama is compounding the same mistake in Afghanistan by combining nation-building (for which the military term is “counterinsurgency”) with a too-short timeline. Just last week, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said that the critical campaign in Kandahar Province is much-delayed, implying that the president’s July 2011 deadline is impossible. To that, a New York Times report adds that — according to the director of the Afghan intelligence chief who resigned this month — Afghan President Karzai has lost faith that the U.S. and NATO will win in Afghanistan.
The two great rivers of the Middle East — the Tigris and the Euphrates — combine in Iraq to form the Shatt al Arab, which flows into the Persian Gulf. But the flow of water in the Shatt is so weak that the seawater from the Gulf is now flowing backwards into Iraq, damaging agriculture and wildlife.
The problem, you see, is that Syria and Iran have dammed the Tigris and Euphrates, keeping much of the water for themselves. Unless they release more water, the agriculture of southern Iraq will continue to fail.
No matter what we build in Iraq, it won’t put more water in the Shatt al Arab or democracy in Baghdad. No matter how briefly or how long Gen. McChrystal pursues counterinsurgency in Afghanistan without pursuing the terror-sponsors beyond its borders, he won’t defeat the Taliban there or prevent it from conquering Pakistan.
Neither effort will bring us closer to ending the threat Islamic state sponsored terrorism poses to our way of life.
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