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Wars Are Imperfect Arbiters

Referencing Tom Paine, Hitler, Vietnam, Iraq and Iran, Bruce Kesler looks at the political aspect of war at The Democracy Project in Wars Are Imperfect Arbiters:

If war is the failure of diplomacy to mediate, wars themselves are imperfect arbiters. Seldom are the results near maximal, to either side. Most often, the results contain seeds of future troubles. ...

...Iran is now moving to the front burner. The threat to the region, reaching via missile intimidation to Europe, is real. This would have happened if there were no Iraq war. It’s part of the region’s problems, but not of the Iraq war’s making. And, those irresolute about Iraq were and are similarly irresolute about Iran. Unfolding currents within Iran or diplomacy may avoid a blow-up there, or not. But, it is less likely if the U.S. retains sufficient credibility for resoluteness in Iraq, at the very least to not bug out, and at the most to be realistically expected to maintain an ongoing reduced intense training and guidance program in Iraq.

It may be a blood-stained glass of war that we toast with, but it’s better than the blood-filled one that was the alternative. ...