There is something intuitively plausible and honest about the statement [by US military commanders in Iraq] that if a government can't control its own capital, it cannot control the rest of the country.
In fact, I propose that the same approach be used domestically. Before the federal government makes any more attempts to bring their proposed utopia to the rest of the country, let them eliminate poverty, crime, gang war, hate, despair, abuse, corruption, and injustice in Washington, D.C. Once that city is cleared of all such vice, we can talk about movig on to other parts of the country.
I think we can safely predict a quagmire.
--Lew Rockwell, Mises Institute, Oct 06