Solutions part 2 - The War in Iraq
The past week has been about putting down the yelling, the ranting, ... putting the bull-hornus-maximus in the holster and trying to listen cognitively to opposing view points. I think I've listened hard and about as well as I can. Nobody has won me over with anything of issues yet (but in truth I have not asked for specific solutions from my blog brethren either), except that I can testify that not all the progressive/liberals are as linguini-spined in matters of security and military issues as I have been led to believe by the pundits. Not that I thought that was a true-ism but having blog chats has certainly crystallized that for me. Progressives love America just as much as my fellow conservatives,... they just have a different prism in viewing the road to our salvation as a nation.
A couple of weeks ago I started my solutions-driven blogs ("Show me the money") where I espoused my solutions and or ideas for the major problems of our times. That particular posting addressed the Federal Budget. This one takes on a trickier subject. The war in Iraq.
So, in the spirit of "what if's", if I were King for a Day, and had to come up with a plan of action pleasing both Republicans, Democrats, US and Foreign interest.... well here's my stab as Secretary of State. Condi, eat your heart out.
IRAQ: THE EXIT STRATEG(ER)Y
Declare an independent State of Kurdistan. The idea of Iraq being a nation of loving sectors is fool-hardy and the adhering of the British geographical lines of yesteryear is not something that has to be maintained. The biggest screamers have been the Turks for fear of having an independent Kurd state to their southern border. Tough, welcome to the new world order of geo-politics. The partition of the Kurds, -who don't want anything to do with the rest of the country anyway-, will make the task of the Sunni-Shiite cooperation a less vexing problem.
This wont please either party but it will surely please my sense of real life Monopoly.
The immediate re-deployment of an additional 75,000 troops from bases in Germany, South Korea and Japan to the country. The events in the next 36 months will happen at breakneck pace and as such, a massive show of force will scream out that we are not screwing around.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been questioning Rumsfeld for not putting enough boots on the ground? There, I gave you your damn numbers, now shut up and let the Generals bring this home.
Once the Kurds are out of their mery way and start building their own McDonald's, have the Iraq Government declare a sundown to sunrise curfew. Security has to start somewhere and although major steps have been taken to put forth security infrastructures, it hasn't been soon enough. The American/Coalition forces will patrol the country during the night, and Iraqi regular army and police patrols will be in charge of the day. No excuses. They start standing up right here and right now.
And here is where the bullet hits the bone. Being King means making tough choices. Goodbye press. All foreign press has 2 weeks to get out of the country, period. Why? simple. First of all insurgence depend on the free publicity that the press is more than willing to provide their ratings-starved cable networks back home. Sorry, follow American Idol and Paris Hilton for a few years, your ratings will be met. Second reason? I won't have my Generals conduct a war with one arm tied behind their backs. Haditha in my view was an aberration and not a systemic failure of military policy. Release the girth of American might and let the full weight of the "dogs of war" roam Babylon. Let's see terrorists and insurgents last 6 months with the US military giving no quarter to their tactics and no press looking over the GI's shoulders. The populace will have 2 choices and they will be clear. One, have the military machine raid every square inch of Iraq at the smallest tip and take by force whomever they are harboring, or two, they start beating their own Bushes (no pun intended) and take charge of their own destiny once and for all. This policy will be relayed via airwaves and leaflets throughout the country. Hell hath no fury like a pist-off chained-to-political-correctness military. We tried it the pretty way first. We're done with that. Folks, close your eyes and change the channel if you don't like what's coming, just like you do at home with your TV. You think this is without precedent? Read what Eisenhower, Patton, Marshall, Bradley and Westmoreland did in their campaigns of war,.. the press did not have as free reign as historian-journalists testify so as to buttress their present desires. The military held the press at chains lenght, and at will. It is optimum for us liberty or speech lovers?.... no. But I can live with it. The press will be under the predicates of Marshall law. A contingency of reporters will be escorted via Government interior ministry (yes, the same one that is in charge of the police force, stay with me people, it gets better). The interior press will have their reporting filtered for content under a UN review board. No incendiary material pro or against the government will be shown and only information-heavy content will be allowed via airwaves. Any satellite press transmissions from afar and other countries (Al-Jazeera) will be jammed with AWACS aircraft on a 24/7 basis until operation Iraqi kick-butt concludes.
(I feel compeled to clarify,-due to some post-posting coments- that most of my "dogs of war" rhetoric was my sarcastic musings getting the better of me... I'm not really espousing a fire and brimstone military mentality here...)
This step will be popular with Republicans but not too much with the Democrats whose nipples will pop at the thought of such draconian measures,... so here's a bone for the Demos....
A final and fixed date for troop withdrawal will be announced in a major U.N. security council resolution not to exceed 36 months. I know the argument Limbaugh, so save it... "but the insurgents will just wait us out and take over the country once we leave"... not really. You pound the country with the tender loving care espoused in step 4 and there will not be one citizen who will put up with living in those conditions for such a long time. The snitchers will come out in force, and the lifeline of the insurgency being a free press and sympathetic populace will all but disappear. The date will tell the population, the world, and both parties the following
1. Its up to you, the Iraqi people. Keep the insurgence amongst you and they will rule you in 3 years.
2. The security and military forces will have a hard-date to get their s**t together and not a sunset more. If they are not ready, its their fault. A nation that cannot see the value of getting ready to be independent and sacrifice for its long-term existence deserves to be swallowed by the least common denominator of its people.
3. Such a time-line allows both the political and economic apparatus to be set, allows the security matrix to get a reality-check that the times of screwing around the gravy train are over.
This will piss-off the Republicans but hey, I said I was King so live with it. Besides the Demos got hosed on step 4.
A massive master web-site created and updated by the Coalition forces and reviewed for veracity by a commission consisting of military, government and UN observers will give the world a real-time situation room-type view of the events as they unfold. This will be the mother of all websites. The operational readiness of all Iraqi battalions will be graded by the hour if necessary. The civil infrastructure status will be on display... in fact every single and I mean EVERY single parameter of civil readiness will be there for all the world to hold the Government, the Coalitions Forces and the Iraqi Forces accountable day after day of their progress (or lack thereof). No press to spin it, no editorial content to make it better or worse than it really is. Nothing. The eyes of the world just has to look in their PC's every morning and see the progress, live and in living color.
Benchmark accomplishment dates for controls, infrastructure operational readiness, sector withdrawals, government decrees etc will be kept to the letter of the word. Each and every met date and benchmark will be loud and proud. The world will know that there is action, there is progress and that there is no equivocation in parameters. This will be run with the efficiency of the Borg (any Star Trek fans out there?...)
At the end of these steps, and once the final hour of the 36th month has passed by, the most coordinated effort of power transfer in the history of the planet will take place. Military flags will be lowered and raised, and pomp and circumstance will welcome a nation of Sunni-Shiite forced to do by yoke what they refused to do on their own.
If the government falls the next day, it wont be for lack of effort, lack of coordination, or sleeper cells that took 3 years off and cleaned the rust off to continue the hate and discontent. It will fall because the people, the PEOPLE did not understand the stakes, and do not deserve to be free.
Let the tower of Babel fall for all I care. Bring the boys home..........
There, it took me 45 mintues to do this and only a few Democrats and Republicans are really angry at me so I guess we can further define this to apease the fringe. You tired of bitching and moaning?... me too! Solutions is the way of the future. Talk to me about SOLUTIONS. I don't want to hear one more word about Bush. Yes, I will admit he is dumb, stubborn, whatever it is... he is the damn Anti-Christ if it can move this along. You happy now?... Good. Now where is the American "can-do" spirit? If Bush/Rumsfeld can't do it,.. then lets drive THIS bullhorn up their butts and see what happens. It can't be any worse that the current status quo.
I am open for business,..
Ok, my Kingdom just ran out of Quarters...now where the hell is my remote.......