Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Bush's Korean War
Imagine if by 1953, President Truman was faced with the following situation:
An almost completely victorious Republic of Korea succeeded in completely landlocking their evil opponent. Meanwhile, the Republic of China vowed unremittingly hostility against the DPRK holdouts.
Now imagne that the Republic of Korea somehow finds oil all over the place -- as does the Republic of China. Further, imagine that there is nothing in the DPRK remnant state.
Further, imagine if, in the closing days of the Korean War, the greatest problem facing the American government was that a ROK/ROC alliance might defeat the DPRK too well -- that Koreans and Chinese would be so united in the fight against Communism that Stalinism would never again have a fighting chance in north east asia.
That is an almost perfect analogy to today's situation in Iraq. Our "catastrophic victory" blinded our power elite to the magnitude of their victory.
There is no reason for us to remain in Iraq for the same reason as US Forces Korea would have had no reason to exist in the above version of 1953.
Leave Iraq now. When we do, al-Ba'ath and al Qa'eda lose in Iraq. Forever.
Sounds good. Let's try it.
Posted by: Lexington Green | Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The comparison of Iran to China just keeps getting better -- they need us too. 
The work of transitioning a potential ally into an actual ally is tricky. I hope so much we can do it before the end of the decade.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, December 17, 2006