As the old saying goes, “guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Since the signing of the 2009 Security Agreement, we are guests in Iraq, and after six years in Iraq, we now smell bad to the Iraqi nose. Today the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are good enough to keep the Government of Iraq (GOI) from being overthrown by the actions of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the Baathists, and the Shia violent extremists that might have toppled it a year or two ago. Iraq may well collapse into chaos of other causes, but we have made the ISF strong enough for the internal security mission. Perhaps it is one of those infamous paradoxes of counterinsurgency that while the ISF is not good in any objective sense, it is good enough for Iraq in 2009. Despite this foreboding disclaimer about an unstable future for Iraq, the United States has achieved our objectives in Iraq. Prime Minister (PM) Maliki hailed June 30th as a “great victory,” implying the victory was over the US. Leaving aside his childish chest pounding, he was more right than he knew. We too ought to declare victory and bring our combat forces home.
According to the Times, “Before deploying to Iraq, Colonel Reese served as the director of the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Army’s premier intellectual center.”
The very same Tim the Enchanter is not enthusiastic on Obama’s healthcare plan going as far as to say
But the Leviathan will truly show its face when your family food purchases will be tied to your medical care. “Mrs. Brown, here is your new food voucher for the month. It has been encoded to allow the purchase of balanced combination of food items specially tailored to maintain a healthy, “low health care cost you,” based on your medical history and condition. It can be used at any government approved grocery or supermarket, just buy the correct number of each type of item as shown on the attached printout. If you try to purchase an item that doesn’t have the ObamaCare stamp on the label, the cashier will simply remove it from your basket.” Like red meat? Your allotment for the month is unlikely to satisfy your inner barbeque master. Is your kid fat? You can expect to have one government agency tell you how to feed them while another will monitor your compliance with their ukazis. Fail to comply and you’ll be required to take remedial diet and parenting classes at the local organized community center as a condition of maintaining custody of your little health care project.
It’s 1984 meets Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. So, at the very least, it is less original than the Iraq post.
How are we to take these two opinions? Reject both or accept both as they come from the same person? Or can we say he is an expert on military matters and not on health economics and pick and choose?