Saturday, April 19, 2003
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Gideon Rose's latest essay in Slate discusses the Defense Department's current challenge for post-conflict situations. A key graf (you should really read the whole thing):
This challenge is particularly acute if the administration wants to minimize the UN's role in postwar Iraq.
Will the DOD rise to the challenge? Signals are very mixed. On the one hand, there's this Chicago Tribune report from today:
On the other hand, there's this Chicago Tribune report from four days ago:
To be fair to Rumsfeld, he's fighting a deep antipathy among the service branches to functions other than warfighting (click here for more background).
Rumsfeld, and the rest of the Bush administration's foreign policy team, face a clear choice. It can outsource peacekeeping functions to the United Nations or close allies, at the cost of some constraints on foreign policy implementation. It can minimize the U.N. role and develop/train its own peacekeeping force. Or it can do neither and run into trouble down the road.
Developing....posted by Dan on 04.19.03 at 04:34 PM
I've been watching news closely since the onslaught of Iraq's rape and invasion, yet this piece of news escaped me. Does anyone know that this happened besides the ten people that lost their jobs?
How can such a deliberately impaired decision pass without notice?
What a pitiful shame.posted by: freakyhorseface on 04.19.03 at 04:34 PM [permalink]
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