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More on the surge

At first glance, I find the argument offered here more persuasive than that described here. We indeed cannot afford to lose in Iraq, and I don’t think that a "political" solution is possible unless our opponents are convinced that they can’t achieve their ends through violence.

For more, go here, here, and here.

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The sad part is that none of the proposals include confronting the outside contributors to violence in Iraq: Iran and Syria. As we discovered in Vietnam you can’t leave the enemy a sanctuary without defeating yourself.

We’re way past the part where we try to "convince" our enemies of anything. It’s time to simply kill them, all of them. Every single one of them. If we’re serious about trying to civilize them, then we have to kill the vampires that prey and feed upon them. There can be no successful process of civilizing them, of reconciling them to a rough conformity with international standards of behavior, absent killing the jihadists. The jihadists must be destroyed.

If you’re not willing to do that, then you need to retreat back to America, and vainly try to build up some impregnable fortress Americana. Good luck with that.

Here’s another argument for you, Joe.

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