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Iraq Kabuki Dance

National Interest editor Nik Gvosdev observes that, “We now have such a stylized Kabuki dance when discussing Iraq policy that the statements and reactions can be predicted and scripted in advance.” He offers an outline for a speech aimed at an Iraq policy “grounded in what is achievable” that “can endure a change in administrations.”

He’s right, though, that no candidate from either party can or will say these things because “our habit of thinking only in terms of two- and four-year election cycles make the emergence of a long-term counter-terrorism policy supported by political consensus a chimera.” That’s unlikely to change any time soon.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.