Obsessed with Iraq, we've lost sight of the rest of the world.

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  1. KenH

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    A very interesting article by the former world chess champion. Much food for thought here.


    Chessboard Endgame


    [FONT=Verdana, Times]Obsessed with Iraq, we've lost sight of the rest of the world.[/FONT]​


    [FONT=Verdana, Times]BY GARRY KASPAROV[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Times]Saturday, December 2, 2006 12:01 a.m.[/FONT]​

    [FONT=Verdana, Times]For the past few years, the dictators and terrorists have been gaining ground, and with good reason. The deepening catastrophe in Iraq has distracted the world's sole superpower from its true goals, and weakened the U.S. politically as well as militarily. With new congressional leadership threatening to make the same mistake--failing to see Iraq as only one piece of a greater puzzle--it is time to return to the basics of strategic planning.[/FONT]​

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    Thirty years as a chess player ingrained in me the importance of never losing sight of the big picture. Paying too much attention to one area of the chessboard can quickly lead to the collapse of your entire position. America and its allies are so focused on Iraq they are ceding territory all over the map. Even the vague goals of President Bush's ambiguous war on terror have been pushed aside by the crisis in Baghdad.​

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  2. LadyEagle

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    Good article, sadly.
     

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