Rich: I hate to inject a note of cynicism here, but I nearly choked on my
coffee reading these words of yours: “I was talking to a military expert
yesterday about Iraq. He said there are couple elements to succeeding in our
counterinsurgency efforts: 1) Sealing off the borders, which means insisting
on Syria’s help doing so….” Er, Rich, sealing off desert borders is a
thing that the present-day U.S.A. is… not sensationally good at.