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To maintain an offensive and deterrent capability in the region, the “Korbists” recommend temporarily stationing some 10,000 troops (two brigades plus support and command) in the Kurdish north for an extra year to prevent Turkish-Kurd violence. Marine units would provide security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and another ground brigade and tactical air wing would be based in Kuwait. The new line-up would include a carrier battle group and a Marine expeditionary force in the Persian Gulf. Bases in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates would be maintained.

“The time for half-measures and experiments is over,” they argue. Now’s the time “for a logistically sound strategic redeployment.” Ignored was how the possible bombing of Iran before President Bush leaves office would impact the timetable.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor at large of The Washington Times and of United Press International.