"The problem in Iraq isn't that we tried to impose democracy by the point of the figurative bayonet, but that we stopped trying to do that too soon."I'm a historian. One major problem is that too many people trying to say/do things about Iraq don't know much (anything?) about history, let alone much (anything?) about playing the long game. I find it absolutely incredible that anybody can seriously think we can just leave after a mere decade and think it's all going to be OK. That's barely any time at all in the historical perspective. (Remember Germany? Japan?) But hey, who cares about this stuff when your main concern is political optics at home?
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Quote of the Day: Nation-Building In Iraq