Pacific Tides
My name is Thomas Sturm and I'm a programmer, photographer and writer.

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New Rule

Whenever somebody says "We can't leave Iraq immediately!", the person has to immediately present a realistic plan on whatever else they want to do with the country.

The plan will have to follow these guidelines:

  • Use no more troops than the US can afford (that's 200,000 without a draft)
  • Don't rely on other mythical sources of cannon fodder (Nato, Russia, China, Martians)
  • Do not exceed our already overcharged spending limits (maybe another trillion dollars between friends)
  • Do not use magical thinking ("The Syrians will fix it!", "Iraq has 200,000 trained policemen", "The oil will pay for it", "Turkey will be ok with this")
  • Define success of your plan in less than ten words
Any takers?
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