The debate over the appropriate number of American troops in Iraq is a typical example of how our failure of strategic vision distorts our ability to win the war. So long as the terror masters’ killers can freely cross the borders from Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iran in order to deliver money, weapons, expertise, and manpower, it is hard to imagine that any conceivable number of American soldiers could defeat them.It's a great article, go read it.
I note that since WWII, we have forgotten how to wage a world war. Regional conflicts have global implications. To limit our military response to a particular country creates a safe haven for our enemies. During WWII, we invaded Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Italy, France, and Belgium (I'm sure I'm forgetting someone) before we got around to invading Germany. There were no safe havens for Nazis (or the German Military) and we went after them wherever we found them. Eisenhower held together an often fractious alliance without losing sight of the real issues, which was the defeat of Hitler.
Like Mr. Ledeen, I suspect that a lot of us, on both sides of the aisle have been asking the wrong questions about the WOT. If you ask the wrong question, then the answer isn't helpful and the debate is bogged down. Lets ask the right questions.