Monday, February 05, 2007

Opinion (John Arquilla): What Iraq needs is a few good dictators

Gilgamesh of Uruk was perhaps Iraq's first dictator, nearly 5,000 years ago

The near-religious belief in policy circles that only a functioning Iraqi democracy can ward off chaos completely misses the point that more-dictatorial rule would have a greater chance of success. The only hope for restoring security is a strong set of hands at the controls. Not another Saddam Hussein, but more likely a few military leaders, one from each of Iraq's three main ethnic and religious groups.

A slavish devotion to the "democracy project," the centerpiece of both neoconservative and liberal thought in foreign policy today, prevents this "authoritarian option" from even being considered. And our bullheadedness has brought American foreign policy a long way down the path to ruin in Iraq.

Read the rest at the SF Chronicle