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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Iraq: More Than An Insurgency

Petraeus' error is to impose a cookie cutter on Iraq.

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After Napoleon fell from grace, Europe descended into turmoil.

Iraq should not be viewed as a place where there is instability; but the opposite -- where instability is spreading like Europe.

The Russians, unable to provide stability, withdrew.

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The error is to pretend Iraq, like Europe, can be managed; yet, few in 1815 would imagine what Europe, beyond the turmoil, would become in the 21st Century.

Americas believe Iraq will have to be muddled through; the Iraqis are not satisfied with the mud.