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19 October 2006

How to Win in Iraq

The U.S. security campaign has been a "disheartening" failure, according to the man in charge there, Gen. William Caldwell. Our efforts have been undermined by the same scenario that has occurred in every other place in Iraq we've attempted to pacify: before we go in, the bad guys melt away, we harass the remaining locals for awhile, leave, and the bad guys flood back in.
In Baghdad, the military has been observing a marked increase recently in sectarian attacks in so-called cleared areas, General Caldwell said, noting that insurgents were "punching back hard." "They’re trying to get back into those areas," he said. "We’re constantly going back in and doing clearing operations again."
So obviously this approach is hopeless. What do they think, it's like securing South Central L.A. after the Rodney King riots? What we need to do is roll into Sadr City and take out the Mahdi militia. We have been prevented from taking on Sadr's little fiefdom by internal Iraqi politics (Maliki depends on Sadr's support in Parliament). Well, the Iraqi government is as good as dead if we leave, so there's little point in worrying about parliamentary coalitions. We then need to go heavy into other areas with strong militias, without prior warnings, and clean them out. U.S. casualties will climb, but Iraqi casualties will be massive.

If we don't have the stomach for this, we can then stand by and keep watching them slaughter each other for a few more years (while a couple dozen of our guys get picked off each month). Or we can leave and watch the carnage from here. Any other ideas?

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, no more ideas here. Of course, they'll never go for the "wipe out the militias" idea any more than they'd go for the "bomb 'em back to the stone age" plan.

October 20, 2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger NewsVeiws said...

I have been devoting quite a bit of space to that issue on my own blog.
My position is bring 100,000 of our troops home for thanksgiving.
The other 30,000+ move to ''kurdistan'' to act as a buffer between ''kurdistan'' and ''sunnistan''/''shiastan'' and as a buffer between ''kurdistan'' and Turkey.
The rest of Iraq is ''Lord of the flies'', let them rip each other to shreds without a single American in the crossfire. And wait for the dust to settle...

October 20, 2006 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God has GWB been a disaster.


Intellectuals like Frum, Ledeen, Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith, Hanson, Goldberg (he's too stupid to really be an intellectual), Kristol, Reed (I hate that guy), Boot (ditto), et al (there are many more) have the blood of tens of thousands on their hands. Intellectuals and their zany, non-common-sensical ideas can wind up damaging institutions, mores, and lives much more in this era than a fruitloop dictator can.


Remember the people who drug us into this war my friends. Dont read any mag that hires them from here on out. Dont buy from any corporation that puts them on the board. Write letters to the brass urging their UN-employment. I, for one, will neither forgive or forget.


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October 20, 2006 10:13 PM  
Anonymous gcochran said...

Dynastic marriage. We put Saddam back in power and give him the Bush twins.

October 21, 2006 2:54 AM  
Blogger FuturePundit said...

Taking on Sadr's militia won't help much. It'll also cause massive civilian casualties since we'd have to fight them in a densely populated area.

October 21, 2006 4:24 PM  
Blogger tvoh said...

As soon as the militias hear (and they will hear, their intel is better than ours) we are coming to town a they will beat it to town b and cause trouble there.

October 23, 2006 3:01 PM  
Blogger Glaivester said...

Killing "the enemy" will not help, as more enemy will be created amongst the civilians. The only way to pacify Iraq is to kill not only our acive enemies, but enough civilians to terrorize our passive/potential enemies into not becoming active enemies.

If you want to win at all costs, don't go into Sadr City. Just carpet-bomb it. If that is not effective, then go in, but with flamethrowers and other weapons and rather than seek out and kill enemies, simply barbecu everywhere unti leveryone is exterminated. The next time there is a situation like Fallujah, no warning, no time for civilians to get out, just raze the city ot the ground. If an imam preaches violence, round everyone in the town up into a mosque, close the doors, lock them, and set the mosque on fire, a la The Patriot.

Do I really advocate these things? No. But it's the only way to defeat the enemy. (Not that we will ne able to turn Iraq into a democracy). Of course, we would have to stay there forever and be brutal forever, because the instant we softened they would slaughter our troops, but we would defeat them.

October 26, 2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger Markku said...

Your country is ruled by idiots because too many of your countrymen are idiots. American oil grabbing is so desperate because tens of millions of idiot Americans insist on driving large SUVs instead normal cars.

If only you Americans had had the sense to start taxing motor fuels the way we in Western Europe since the oil crisis, we could've together forced the terrorism exporting oil sheiks to their knees.

That liberal muslim cock sucking Carter was possibly even worse than GWB. He blocked the commercial breeder reactor program that could've taken the West a long way towards freedom from fossil fuel dependency.

December 25, 2006 8:18 PM  

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