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The Highlander History Boy speaketh: Most attention… has focused on Baker's anticipated "realism" with respect to third parties, specifically Syria and Iran. Dialogue with these former pariahs, he has hinted, may help to stabilize Iraq. But, if this is the … Read More

By / November 30, 2006

The Highlander History Boy speaketh:

Most attention… has focused on Baker's anticipated "realism" with respect to third parties, specifically Syria and Iran. Dialogue with these former pariahs, he has hinted, may help to stabilize Iraq. But, if this is the best he can come up with, he should have stuck to dimpled chads. From a truly realist perspective, both of those notorious sponsors of terrorism have a clear interest in exploiting America's weakness. Opening channels to Damascus and Tehran will bring little joy to Washington–and much humiliation.

The solution instead is to "bribe" the insurgents by offering them employment if they'll, you know, gently put down their Kalashnikovs and IEDs. Hummus for guns. It's all very Churchillian, see:

Step two would be to implement what might be called a British-style strategy, in the spirit of Gertrude Bell. Leave Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki be. Concentrate instead on buying the support of tribal sheiks. Point to the most prosperous Arab countries in the region–all of which are monarchies–and ask the sheiks how much richer and happier they all would be if the Hashemites had not been overthrown in 1958.

Step three is to appease Germany and Japan. G'night, folks!

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