Fareed Zakaria, quoting David Kilcullen, notes that the United States has not built a sustainable security architecture in Iraq. That is certainly true. I agree not only with the statement but with the objective: building a sustainable security architecture there.
Let’s suit means to ends. We must, in concert with the Iraqis, build such a sustainable architecture the same way you teach a beginner to swim. Only the ignorant, the stupid, or the cruel throws a beginner into the water, trusting to the beginner’s instinct of self-preservation to preserve him. No, you proceed in slow, gradual stages—walking together in shallow water, practicing the strokes, dog-paddling with a steadying hand always ready and so on until the beginner has the ability and confidence to swim on her own.
A slow, gradual process, much too boring for the nightly news. Not one that follows the U. S. election calendar.