And after we’ve killed Muqtada and destroyed his Mahdi Army, we need to go after the Sunni insurgents. If we can’t leave a democracy behind, we should at least leave the corpses of our enemies.

The holier-than-thou response to this proposal is predictable: “We can’t kill our way out of this situation!” Well, boo-hoo. Friendly persuasion and billions of dollars haven’t done the job. Give therapeutic violence a chance. ~Ralph Peters

Via Gene Healy

Oh, therapeutic violence.  Why didn’t he say so in the first place?  Therapeutic violence will do the trick where other violence has failed.  We’ve been using all this violence that doesn’t heal anything, but fortunately we have Mr. Peters here to tell us these things.  I do agree with at least part of his concluding lines when he says:

Our president owes Iraq’s treacherous prime minister nothing. Get tough, or get out.