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April 14, 2014

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April 11, 2014

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Jewish World Review Jan. 3, 2007 / 13 Teves, 5767

Deciding America's role in world

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The United States begins the year discussing whether to increase troop levels generally and in Iraq specifically.

Unfortunately, there is virtually no discussion of the question that should precede that decision: What should the role of the United States be in the world and with respect to the elected government of Iraq?

Let's begin with Iraq.

President Bush is said to be contemplating a "surge" of U.S. troops to achieve security in Baghdad and perhaps elsewhere in the country. Put aside the question of whether this strategy would work for a moment. It is not the direction that the elected government of Iraq wants to take.

Such a surge would represent the United States taking an even more direct responsibility for security in Iraq. There might be attempts to put an Iraqi facade on the operations. However, at its essence, the surge strategy calls for the imposition of U.S. martial law in substantial parts of Iraq for some period of time.

The Iraqi government has not asked for such a surge or U.S. role. In fact, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has specifically asked for his government to have greater control over security forces and operations.

Advocates of a surge strategy say that it will give the Iraqis more time to reach the sort of political deal necessary to reduce the sectarian conflict and violence. However, the current disproportionate U.S. role may very well be inhibiting rather than facilitating such a deal.

The continuing U.S. usurpation of the exercise of sovereignty by the Iraqi government gives the minority Sunnis reason to hope that the U.S. will force the Shia and the Kurds to accept an oversized role for them in the governance of the country. Indeed, the Iraq Study Group report is basically a brief for the United States to use its power and influence to force exactly that. That's why Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, called it, with considerable justification, an "insult."

The United States went to war to depose Saddam Hussein's regime, which was perceived to be a threat to U.S. security. The United States provided a protectorate under which the Iraqis approved a constitution and elected a government.

At this point, what justifies the United States substituting its judgment about the next steps forward for that of the elected government of Iraq? There is even less justification for a permanent expansion of U.S. troop levels, as President Bush has indicated he will support and as even some Democrats in Congress have advocated.

The United States already spends, in rough terms, as much on its military capability as the rest of the world combined. We have the second largest fighting force in the world, and one not even closely rivaled in firepower and operational capacity.

The United States currently deploys outside of its national boundaries more than twice as many troops as the rest of the world combined. We have the only military in the world with a true ability to operate globally. Simply put, we already have a military large and powerful enough to protect the country against any realistic conventional threat.

Of course, the United States faces the unconventional threat of terrorist attack. However, responding to that threat does not require more conventional military forces. It requires international intelligence operations, and international cooperation in detecting and incapacitating terrorist plans and cells. It requires financial sleuthing and international cooperation in shutting off funding pipelines. And it requires buttoning up domestic security.

Now, it is good to have an unrivaled military capacity. The United States needs to have the robust ability to act independently to protect our true national security interests. The world remains an uncertain place and the United States cannot depend on multilateral organizations and alliances to take tough but necessary actions.

There are even some areas, such as missile defense, in which the United States does needs to do more.

However, the only reason to expand the number of troops is if the United States plans to get regularly into the business of toppling other governments and occupying other countries.

If we need to take action to eliminate a government that truly represents a security threat, such as in Afghanistan after 9/11, we already have demonstrated the ability to do that lethally, effectively and efficiently.

But surely the Iraq experience demonstrates the need for circumspection about taking such actions on the margins, and the discomfort and unsuitability of the United States as an occupying power.

The United States should not develop a military capacity it is not in our national self-interest to exercise.

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