NEW RULE….Shorter Frederick Kagan: Losing in Iraq would be the worst catastrophe imaginable, and we can’t allow it to happen. However, like everyone else who feels this way, I decline to suggest any plausible plan for winning.
I think the punditocracy needs a new rule: you’re not allowed to pontificate about the importance of winning in Iraq unless you’re also willing to make concrete suggestions about how to make that happen. More troops? Tell us how many and where they’re going to come from. Help from Syria and Iran? Tell us what you think they can offer us and what you’d be willing to put on the table to get their help. Partition? Convince us that the Iraqis would be willing to peacefully accept this. Etc.
If you’re not willing to do any of this, then write about something else.