Iraq's Future Hangs By a Thread

The American fast-food chains are long gone from Camp Ramadi in Anbar Province. So, too, are the Iraqi souvenir stores near the "D-Fac" -- that's army talk for "Dining Facility."

This camp, a flat, forsaken military base in a scorching desert on the outskirts of Anbar's capital, once among the most dangerous places in Iraq, has shrunk to less than a quarter of its original size.

More than half of the makeshift barracks in flimsy trailers now stand empty behind the thick cement T- walls that protect against explosives. Vehicles, too, are hard to come by. Many of them, along with transport helicopters, translators and high-end communications equipment, have been shipped to Afghanistan, President Obama's "essential" war.

Judith Miller is a writer, Manhattan Institute Scholar and Fox News contributor. To continue reading her column in the New York Daily News, click here. Opinion is on Twitter. Follow us @fxnopinion.