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April 4, 2006

The Ignored Iron Triangle of Power

It was a prime strategic concept during the Cold War and helped carry us to victory. Once America was fully engaged in the Vietnam War, it became the prime justification for fighting to win. It is at the heart of peacekeeping. And it was ignored during the senior Bush and Clinton Administrations, with the predictable result that we ended up in a war against Iraq. Now, opponents of this war and democratization are destroying it, with dire consequences for the future.

It is one of the elements in an Iron Triangle of Power and is so important in itself as to be enshrined within a strategic principle of action.

It is well revealed in Saddam Hussein's official documents. Consider this revelation from Saddam's official documents (see here):

Saddam never believed such war with the U.S. would ever occur--he believed that the United States was casualty-averse to an absolutely incredible degree. Saddam based that on several factors: the fact that he received only a diplomatic note after Iraqi Mirage fighters fired on the USS Stark in 1987, that the United States left Somalia after losing 19 troops, and its failure to commit ground troops early on in Kosovo.

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Posted by Rudy at April 4, 2006 9:35 PM

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