Rumsfeld, addressing a question about whether U.S. troops levels are adequate to vanquish the increasingly violent resistance, said, "We're not going to win against the insurgency. The Iraqi people are going to win against the insurgency. That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years.The plan of dumping this mess back into the laps of the Iraqi people is nothing new. I wrote about here last fall, and it wasn't new then.
"Coalition forces, foreign forces are not going to repress that insurgency,"the Pentagon Chief told "Fox News Sunday."
"We're going to create an environment that the Iraqi people and the Iraqi security forces can win against that insurgency," he said....
I'm not suggesting that there is somehow a good plan to change the current reality. Joe Biden, in a refreshing address to the Brookings Institution offered a plan that you really should read if you're interested in this topic. The bottom line is that there is no easy way out.
Too bad no one ran this by the Iraqi people before we decided they needed to be liberated and forced into a 12 year bloodbath that was for their own good. This is perhaps the biggest crime of our disastrous adventure into Iraq, and no one seems to give it much thought.