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Friday, July 01, 2005

Road to victory

Ken Pollack has a superb contribution to today's New York Times concerning strategy adjustments which could lead to victory in Iraq.

His main point is the Bush administration is so focused on the terrorist elements in Iraq, it refuses to fight this battle as a traditional counterinsurgency.

From all I read and hear, I must say the conditions in Iraq do not fit a "traditional" counterinsurgency profile. However, most of Pollack's suggestions are right on target - and are points many have been making for, oh, two years now.

In particular, reconstruction needs to take place "bottom up," in Pollack's words. A top down strategy invites corruption, bureaucratic red tape and political infighting. Broadbased and widespread success in reconstruction will ultimately deliver success in Iraq.

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