New Rule

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.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation