Yahoo News has an interesting article that includes a very hopeful set of predictions on the outcome of the Iraq War, where, according to at least one Middle East expert, “A reasonable outcome would find something like 30,000 to 40,000 troops in Iraq for 25 to 50 years.”
An good parallel is drawn in the article between the Cold War and the Islamist Entanglement (my term). “After all, the US has deployed troops in and for 63 years, and Korea for 57. Might Iraq, in the end, require a commensurate commitment?”
It’s a good point, except that if experts think the US is merely going to be in a “cold war” with a nuclear Iran, they are off the mark–unless they are factoring in the idea that the US would be willing to live across an “iron curtain” from an Iran that has already wiped Israel off of the map.
Check out the article here.