Letters from the Center
Saturday, April 01, 2006
  U.S. choices in Iraq civil war


Thank you for your excellent summary of options up on Monsters and Critics.
You do a wonderful job accentuating the delicate balance the US must
maintain to succeed.

However, what you don't do is make any actual recommendations. Perhaps you
believe it's not your place, but I ask: who is better qualified? What I'd
really like to hear from you (and from others who have studied the region
such as yourself) is clear advice to the government, a clear proposal for

Because the crowd of people who do sideline analyses is large enough; we
need more people who leverage these analyses to actually put forward their
own plans. Else we continue to defer planning to the same people, and
should only expect to get the same results.


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