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Submitted by Alex (United States), Oct 24, 2006 at 10:55

I agree very much with this article, and I am a great admirer of Dr. Pipes' foresight, as it took me a few years to understand the proposal that he first made over three years ago to withdraw Coalition troops in Iraq to desert bases to protect only vital interests and infrastructure. Now I think I get it, but I have a few questions left as to how to implement this policy.

Should the Coalition keep--or even increase--human intelligence gathering in the cities in order to know when and when not to intervene there? Can borders or oil installations be guarded without an increased number of troops? Lastly, can Iraq be secured for US vital interests without a more pan-regional approach, specifically as regards Syria, Iran, and radical Islam?

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"Should the Coalition keep--or even increase--human intelligence gathering in the cities in order to know when and when not to intervene there?"

Sounds like a good idea.

"Can borders or oil installations be guarded without an increased number of troops?"

I don't see coalition troops guarding the installations but serving as a deterrent force.

"Lastly, can Iraq be secured for US vital interests without a more pan-regional approach, specifically as regards Syria, Iran, and radical Islam?"

I don't aim at securing Iraq so much as making sure nothing goes hugely awry there - a lower ambition than yours.

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