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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Why our Iraqi policy decreases the need to use force elsewhere

Victor Davis Hanson kes the case for why US intervention in Iraq increases our non-military options elsewhere:

"There are lessons here for those who claim that American flexibility has become increasingly constricted and American choices all but foreclosed. In fact, as Iraq comes slowly under control, the opposite prognosis is at least as likely to be the case. Precisely because of proven American resolve in Iraq, the United States now commands both military and diplomatic options - well short of another Iraq-style invasion - that were not at its disposal previously."

We've already seen some of those results (Libya, Pakistan), and I expect we will see even more in the future.