Say, I got a letter published in this past Sunday’s LATimes. And not about global warming! (Instead, it’s a reaction to a column by Max Boot, discussing military strategies in Iraq.) Don’t call me a one-trick pony…
To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Boot is a military analyst and naturally looks for a military solution in Iraq. But he ignores the bigger truth, which is that no one in Iraq — not the U.S. military, not the Shiite militias, not the Sunni insurgents, not the Kurdish separatists and certainly not the Iraqi government — has a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence in that nation.
Until there is a political entity accepted by all parties in Iraq as the rightful government, the stalemate and the violence will continue. The U.S. cannot solve this problem with any number of troops. It is time to pull back.