Thomas Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map, had this to say about nation-building in Iraq in a recent interview:
The tumult created by globalization’s creeping in on the Middle East was going to create anger and violence and terrorism. When 9/11 comes along, and the connections are clear to us — at least for an instant — the United States (frankly, nobody else has the firepower to do it) decides it has got to change the Middle East in a big, big way, looks around and says: “who can I start with?”Â? It decides on Iraq, and I say “that’s as good as anybody.”Â? So are we going to kick his ass militarily in the war? Yes, absolutely: supreme confidence there. Are we going to screw up the occupation? Absolutely! Why would you advocate going even if that is going to happen? Because this military is not going to change unless it experiences failure on that far side.
Talk about being controversial. But Barnett is good at talking cold, hard truth.
On an unrelated topic, this is rather amusing.