Ambassador L. Paul Bremer yesterday ‘revealed’ at the 91st annual Insurance Leadership Forum that “…the United States paid a price for not having enough troops in place to secure the country following the brief war.”
Apparently, Mr. Bremer thought his comments would be off-the-record. Most Americans, I believe, concluded a long time ago that we didn’t have enough troops in Iraq to stabilize the country after the war.
We had a force strong enough to win the war, but a force insufficient to secure the country after major fighting had been concluded. I believe we should have gone in with overwhelming forces as Colin Powell did during the first Gulf war. If we had done so, then we could have deposed Saddam Hussein; wiped out any guerrilla forces; rebuilt Iraq’s infrastructure; installed a respectable government; packed our bags and gone home.
Iraq is a mess today, everyone knows it, but we must win this fight and terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi knows it. If the United States succeeds in Iraq, then Zarqawi knows that we will take them down “one country at a time.”
If the Unites States fails, Zarqawi’s brand of radical Islam will spread throughout the world and there will be no stopping it.