Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Take Me to the Other Side

Recently, I posted about Senator Biden's proposal for a decentralized federal government in Iraq with the three regions having greater autonomy. Well, as a counter-point, there was an op-ed in the New York Times recently explaining why that is a terrible idea. The column, by Anthony H. Cordesman, is pretty compelling as well. Either way, I don't think we have a lot of say in the matter anymore.

Also, in other Iraq War news, Generaly McCaffrey released a report on what it would take to succeed in Iraq. From Fred Kaplan at Slate:

Good news and bad news on the war in Iraq: The good news is that victory is possible, our troops are the best ever, the Iraqi army is getting bigger and better, and most Iraqi people want a pluralistic government. The bad news is that it will take 10 more years to accomplish these successes—at least three years just to get the Iraqi military into shape.
I get the feeling that the American people aren't willing to stay the course that long. Maybe McCaffrey was exaggerating.