Tuesday, July 24, 2007

way to go in Iraq

An upbeat appraisal of Iraq's prospects, following a US withdrawal, comes from Peter Galbraith--longtime critic of the US presence, Bill Clinton's ambassador to Croatia, and perhaps significantly the son of John Kenneth Galbraith. Writing in the New York Review of Books, he argues that if American troops were restricted to Kurdistan, they could accomplish most of what they're now doing. The Iraq civil war would continue, of course, but Galbraith believes that neither Sunni nor Shia could prevail, given the former's support from other Arab countries and the latter's advantage in numbers. The Kurds would be okay, and the American presence there would prevent a Turkish invasion. And if Al Qaeda misbehaves, the US military could reach out from its enclove and knock them over the head.

It sounds great--but then I wonder: was his dad ever right about anything?


At 3:03 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Sure, NATO, EU - relations will help keep Turkey at bay, but what will keep Iran out? (Of course, they are already in up to their turbans.)


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