Frederick W. Kagan and others have released their outline, Choosing Victory - A Plan for Success in Iraq. In his executive summary of the 55 page document he writes:
While the Kagan-led effort is needed and welcome, unfortunately, like the Baker- Hamilton Iraq Study Group report, it is incomplete and ignores the underlying pathologies afflicting the world of Islam as well as the Iranian nuclear threat.Victory is still an option in Iraq. America, a country of 300 million people with a GDP of $12 trillion, and more than one million soldiers and marines can regain control of Iraq, a state the size of California with a population of 25 million and a GDP under $100 billion.
Victory in Iraq is vital to America’s security. Defeat will lead to regional conflict, humanitarian catastrophe, and increased global terrorism.
Iraq has reached a critical point. The strategy of relying on a political process to eliminate the insurgency has failed. Rising sectarian violence threatens to break America’s will to fight. This violence will destroy the Iraqi government, armed forces, and people if it is not rapidly controlled.
The Irrational Hatred of Zionist Israel.
While the EU3 and the I.A.E.A. have been spending words and empty threats, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been buying time so that the Iranians could continue feverishly working on their nuclear program. Like Hamas in Gaza, and Hesbollah in Lebanon, Ahmadinejad has made no secret of his hatred or his intentions. His fiery rhetoric has been calculated to excite the insane expectations of the umma as he sets the stage for Armageddon.
Complying with Koranic instruction, he has sent letters to to Angela Merkel and George Bush asking the West to submit to Allah and he has warned them of the consequences if they do not.
"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury." "Remove Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations." "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map." "If the West does not support Israel, this regime will be toppled. As it has lost its raison d' tre, Israel will be annihilated." "Israel is a tyrannical regime that will one day will be destroyed." "Israel is a rotten, dried tree that will be annihilated in one storm." "They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets." "We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them." "The real Holocaust is what is happening in Palestine where the Zionists avail themselves of the fairy tale of Holocaust as blackmail and justification for killing children and women and making innocent people homeless." "The West claims that more than six million Jews were killed in World War II and to compensate for that they established and support Israel. If it is true that the Jews were killed in Europe, why should Israel be established in the East, in Palestine?" "If you have burned the Jews, why don't you give a piece of Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to Israel. Our question is, if you have committed this huge crime, why should the innocent nation of Palestine pay for this crime?"
"We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point - that is the Almighty God. My question for you is, 'Do you not want to join them?"He has also shown his fellow Muslims that he is a “reasonable man” but it is the Jews and that have conspired and plotted and destroyed.
Could [9/11] be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services - or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?
Apparently, Kagan and company think that Ahmadinejad is a lying blowhard and Iran is more than two years away from first developing their nuclear arsenal. Otherwise, why would they waste their time with this plan for victory?
It is unreasonable to expect victory in Iraq with the insanity in Iran and throughout the Islamic world.