EVERYONE LOVES A MAN IN UNIFORM….Via Belgravia Dispatch, here is Efraim Halevy, the head of Mossad from 1998 to 2002, discussing Iraq in Newsweek:

Is there anything that the United States can do to salvage the war in Iraq?
I would say one thing. I think it’s very important at this particular juncture to try to propel one or two or three local military figures of the emerging Iraqi armed forces to be a visible part of the administration. The people in Iraq have become accustomed over the years to a certain style of leadership. And there is a great importance to be attached to the symbol of a uniform.

Are you talking about a military dictator?
No, I’m not saying a military dictator. I don’t want to say something against the democratization process. But somewhere in the bevy of leadership there should also be uniformed people who are prominent who would command the respect of the population.

He may not want to say something against the democratization process, but he doesn’t really seem to have much faith that it’s going to work, does he?

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