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Shap, did you take the time to read the whole article? Let's say, for the sake of argument that everything you say here is true and there is no basis at all to this one point in General Odom's thesis. It still doesn't refute his other arguments about the soundness of the strategy we're currently pursuing in the region. The article is short (4 pages)and to the point. The author is certainly not a 'dove' in any sense of the word. Hudson Institute where I discovered this link is the same 'think tank' where the author of the article EJA linked us to recently is also a 'fellow'. Let's stop splitting hairs and look at whether the policy we're following is a 'winner' or even a potential winner.Originally posted by Shapley:
RE: [b]Second, Iraq is now open to Al-
Qaeda as a base of operations, especially if
an Islamic regime emerges there—a likely
I'm not sure what is meant by this, since Al-Queda had camps in Iraq, albeit in the northern parts that were home to the Kurdish rebels. Chinese intelligence had reported that Osama bin Laden had fled there in the initial phases of the Afghanistan War, although those intelligence reports were questioned at the time.
I don't believe that Al-Queda will find a base of operations in Iraq if the U.S. maintains a military presence there, as is widely believed. If parts of Iraq remain under rebel control, then it is possible, but would not change the scenario from what it was before the invasion.
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