The Cool Blue Blog: Redefining surrender


Thanks for taking the time to respond to my query, Frank, ... you are obviously closer to the situation and more knowledgeable than i, but i want to understand it anyway and i want to learn from you.  I do start with this assumption:  sometime, perhaps after the 2008 election, the American people will  force the US government into some form of withdrawal from the Iraqi theater.  Do you not see that as a reasonable assumption?    Further any substantive US withdrawal will, in my thinking (please correct me if i am in error), allow the majority Shia to resolve their fight with the Sunni and take over the country.   The problem is that al Qaida will go underground, continue to subvert the new Iraqi Shia government, and train terrorists for foreign export.  Do you agree that is a likely outcome of a total US withdrawal from Iraq?  So here is me, the armchair strategist, trying to think of how America can get what it really needs - suppression of al Qaida in Iraq - even in the advent of a withdrawal that would let Persians dominate the new Iraqi government.  My solution (now informed by your prior response) would be for the US to maintain a mobile force outside of Baghdad which would directly counter al Qaida and other Arab threats to a stable Shia/Persian based government.  What is your thinking on that alternative to total withdrawal?

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