Re "No better idea," Opinion, Jan. 17
Perhaps the silliest part of Max Boot's ridiculous argument is that he thinks the president's new strategy in Iraq is either new or a strategy at all. We have previously had more troops in the country than the surge will put there this year. Simply overstretching our armed forces will do nothing to help the situation as long as we keep ignoring the fact that the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has no legitimacy or power with its own people.
DANIEL RAUL NAVAR
It is shocking that a man with a degree in history has no concept of it. Boot has, as has President Bush, failed to see Iraq as anything other than a classic win/lose war scenario. Troop levels have fluctuated since the beginning. How many more years of trial and error will be required before we discover the magic number of troops required? Any Mideast scholar will quickly point out that our invasion of Iraq has destabilized the region beyond the consequences any departure of ours would now create.
To say that we, or ideally Iraq's own security forces, would be able to quell sectarian violence has more to do with the viability of the new Iraqi government than it does with our presence.