Reasons for reductions

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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 02:20 pm

Mark Steyn on the massive British withdrawal:

Howard, as the most rhetorically surefooted of the Anglosphere’s three musketeers, had a good comeback to the suggestion that the Bush surge and the Blair drawdown are mutually incompatible: “Anybody who studies Iraq for five minutes,” he said, “knows that controlling Baghdad is infinitely more challenging than controlling Basra in the south. That is the reason why the Americans are increasing their numbers and the reason why, because of the relative improvement in Basra, the British are reducing their numbers.”

That would appear to make sense.

Yes. So too would Andrew Sullivan’s strategic step-away:

I don’t mean to get into a fight with my new Atlantic colleague, Mr Steyn.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/23/2007 at 12:21 PM
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