Robert Kagan has an excellent piece in WaPo today talking about post-war diplomacy. His thesis is that the US must resist our powerful natural instincts to install a friendly regime in Iraq and to punish erstwhile allies who opposed the war effort. His argument is difficult to dismiss, as tempting as the alternative–especially with respect to Europe–might be.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.