Thursday, October 23, 2003

An open letter to Steven Den Beste of USS Clueless:

Suppose that the embargo has no effect for a few months, and we decided to invade Syria. I'm assuming that the situation in Iraq hasn't improved (or gotten too much worse) but the administration is convinced that Iraq can be rebuilt if and only if trouble from the Syrian side of the border is stopped, and that Syria will be much easier to rebuild since there will be no unoccupied Syria to make trouble as in Iraq today.

Would this be militarily difficult, risking actual defeat? Would it involve leaving parts of Iraq unoccupied, except for places such as Bagdad which might involve serious casualties to recapture? Would having Iraq as a supply base (even an unsafe one) help? How would you expect such a war to be undertaken? Do you think there is any chance of this actually happening?

This has been running through my head for awhile now. I don't know if you'll have time to answer or even read this, but the questions are thought provoking enough that I might post this as an open letter anyway.

David Weisman

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