Richard Barton at this morning's CSIS Iraq forum: "I don't think you can flatten cities and then hope to gain popular support." I'd say he's right. Barton thinks we may need to adopt a "Kabul model" for Iraq. Be happy that Basra and the holy cities of Najaf and Kufa are calm and semi-safe and keep it that way. Focus resources on getting Baghdad -- where a huge proportion of the population lives -- up to that standard. More or less let things drift elsewhere and start worrying about that if and when Baghdad is under control.
September 14, 2004 | Permalink
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