What do Iraq and Colombia have in common? Well, both receive tremendous amounts of military aid from the United States, aid that has been very controversial. And the militaries of both countries have recently proven their ability to plan and execute decisive military operations, whether regaining Basra and its oil wells or killing terrorists in Ecuador and freeing hostages in the Colombian jungle. And both governments have done so with the growing support of their citizenry.
In Iraq and Colombia, the U.S. military has helped with training and support but has provided neither the brains behind the operations nor the brawn needed to accomplish them.
Isn't this outcome that our military assistance is supposed to achieve?