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.