The Corner

Security v. Dependency

Another argument that is often made against more troops is that it will foster Iraqi dependency. This is a real concern, but should be a second order one compared to addressing the security “crisis” (Bush and Khalilzad’s word) in Baghdad. Not only is tamping down the violence one of the keys to avoiding the total radicalization of Shia politics, it is a key to gaining what Iraq needs–more time. It is only with some demonstrable progress on the ground that the erosion of support for the war here at home will end. Yet another argument made against more troops is that Gen. Casey isn’t asking for them. But Bush can simply tell Casey he’s getting more troops. He’s the commander-in-chief, after all.


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