Drain the Entire Swamp!

Hendrix II, Henry J.
April 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Apr2005, Vol. 131 Issue 4, p86
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that Washington policymakers often use the analogy of draining the swamp to explain current operations in Iraq against the backdrop of the global war on terrorism. The argument goes that if only we can rout terrorism in Iraq, then the attacks against the U.S. and its interests around the world will go away, much as draining the swamps during construction of the Panama Canal helped to virtually eradicate malaria in Panama. In the short term, we can decrease terrorist influence dramatically in Iraq by building a dike of the U.S. military presence in that country, but terrorism can be defeated only through one of two paths.


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