The Course(s) of Iraq

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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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    If ever there was a case to be made against nationbuilding, Iraq is it.
    How have we gotten to the point where America’s security and defense depends of people we cannot possibly control?
    The theory goes that we cannot besecure unless Iraq (and Afghanistan and Pakistan ) are crumbling into anarchy, so therefore we must create a 1. stable 2. friendly 3. democratic government there.
    Not only is it mad hubris to think we can do this, but look at the dominos; how many places on Earth can “harbor terrorists”?
    Are we then going to be engaged for all eternity in creating and maintaining democracies worldwide?
    I wish that sounded like hyperbole, but it sounds pretty much what the neocons are advocating.

    Social engineering in Boston via busing created outrage among conservatives as being impossible governmental hubris; but social engineering and mediating between Shia and Sunni in Baghdad is America’s most urgent goal?Report

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