Niall Fergusun Is A Very Smart Man, But…
Historian Niall Ferguson pronounces on Iraq in the Los Angeles Times this morning. He blasts the president’s plan and the democratic response, and then unveils the correct course:
For these reasons, I see only one credible alternative to Bush’s strategy: U.S. forces should hand over responsibility for Iraq’s security not to the Iraqis but to a new force provided by the United Nations.
There is no precedent –none– for a U.N. force not led by the United States bringing stability to any situation remotely approaching that which we see in Iraq. Recall the U.N. force in southern Lebanon this summer: That’s the U.N. That’s the reality. Like the Democratic senators he criticizes, Ferguson condemns the president’s plan but does not provide a realistic alternative to the president’s course.