Anyone still believes the US will ever get out of Iraq? Read the following piece on the White House’s analogy with South Korea. Excerpt from the Washington Post’s article:
[i]The White House, long irritated by the frequent use of Vietnam as a metaphor for Iraq, embraced its own analogy yesterday: South Korea.
There’s an undeniable attraction to holding up America’s military presence in South Korea as a model for Iraq: Our soldiers stationed there aren’t dying in large numbers every month.
But in other ways, the analogy is troubling. And flawed. And dangerous. And telling.
It’s troubling because American troops have been in South Korea for more than 50 years – while polls show the American public wants them out of Iraq within a year.
It’s flawed because in South Korea, unlike Iraq, there’s something concrete to defend (the border with North Korea); and because Iraq, unlike South Korea, happens to be in a state of violent civil war.
It’s dangerous because the specter of a permanent military presence in Iraq is widely considered to be one of the most inflammatory incitements to Iraq’s ever-growing anti-American insurgency, and may even be destabilizing to the entire region.
And it’s telling because it gives credence to persistent suspicions that establishing a long-term strategic presence in the Middle East was a primary motivation for this misbegotten war in the first place.[/i]
Will the US military ever get out of Iraq? I’m putting money on NO!
P.S: Check out the Baghdad embassy specs: