Thursday, September 20, 2007

Just a random thought

It is increasingly clear that military strategy in Iraq has been hare-brained, bordering on insane. But is this necessarily a bad thing? Invading Iraq can be viewed as 'signalling' - if you are messing with America, they will mess you up, even if it's self-injurious to do so. This kind of non-rational craziness could have powerfully cemented America's leading position in international warfare. However, the weak attempts to rationalise the war take away from the ability to sustain this position. Democratic institutions necessarily moderate these kinds of strategy.

This is just crazy thinking out loud... I don't think we should be in Iraq or pursue irrational military strategies, but maybe once the US has done it, it behoves them to say, 'well, don't f with us then' rather than try to justify the craziness.

3 Comments:

Blogger timboy said...

Maybe they should have just nuked Iraq!

That'll teach em

4:15 PM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

Timbo, what abour Iran and North Korea? The border regions of Pakistan?

Like the Bill Hicks joke, it's all sand, nuke 'em, the heat turns the desert to glass, go in and finish the job with windex.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is some wisdom in your madness. I think 1/2 of Russias power was drawn along these lines in the cold war. Its like that Kasia Suzo qoute:

"They realized that to be in power, you didn't need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn't."

-Alex

12:09 AM  

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