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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

18 December 2005

An Iraq to fight for

Henry Kissinger writes in the Washington Post about how to exit Iraq. Overall, it is a great article which peers into the challenges facing America; but there is one piece that needs to be extracted and repeated over and over in America’s political debate:

“The combat performance of new [Iraqi] units cannot be measured by training criteria alone. The ultimate metrics -- to use Pentagon terminology -- are to what extent they are motivated toward agreed political goals. What they fight for will determine how well they fight.”

References:
Henry Kissinger, “How to exit Iraq,” Washington Post, 18 Dec 05 (link)

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