Monday, October 23, 2006

To Stand or Fall in Baghdad: Capital Is Key to Mission

According to the NY Times:
Military commanders here see no plausible alternative to their bedrock strategy to clear violence-ridden neighborhoods of militias, insurgents and arms caches, hold them with Iraqi and American security forces, and then try to win over the population with reconstruction projects, underwritten mainly by the Iraqi government. There is no fall-back plan that the generals are holding in their hip pocket. This is it.
"There is no fall-back plan." Wow. That's pretty strong stuff. Again, we're going to have to go through the abyss and back again before we can renew our faith in ourselves.
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