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To: elfman2
I’m sure we’re not dumb enough to take out a government again without adequate preparations for another

Contrary to what you say, I believe we were prepared to install another government after our quick defeat of the Bathists and Saddam. What we weren't prepared for NOR did we expect was the terrorist warfare that took hold.

Our MODEL was Afghanistan, and it did NOT hold true there. We won't make that mistake again.

It is truly remarkable that we have accomplished what we have in IRAQ. On a grand scale the terrorism while seemingly dreadfull is really nothing more than a nuisance. I KNOW lives are being lost, ONCE again, on a STRATEGIC MILITARY scale 1250 combat deaths in two years of fighting is very small indeed.

30 posted on 02/27/2005 6:34:07 PM PST by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: PISANO
It is truly remarkable that we have accomplished what we have in IRAQ. On a grand scale the terrorism while seemingly dreadfull is really nothing more than a nuisance. I KNOW lives are being lost, ONCE again, on a STRATEGIC MILITARY scale 1250 combat deaths in two years of fighting is very small indeed.

Agreed on all points. However, wars are political enterprises as well as military. As the combatants should know or will surely discover.

33 posted on 02/27/2005 7:01:57 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60's.....you weren't really there.)
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To: PISANO
" Our MODEL was Afghanistan"

I wouldn’t say that. Afghanistan had a viable army and seed for government in the NA. Our goal and accomplishment of doing a cold reboot of Iraq was much more ambitious.

34 posted on 02/27/2005 7:02:10 PM PST by elfman2 (Not paid to be PC)
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To: PISANO; elfman2
Elfman2: "I’m sure we’re not dumb enough to take out a government again without adequate preparations for another"

PISANO: "It is truly remarkable that we have accomplished what we have in IRAQ. On a grand scale the terrorism while seemingly dreadfull is really nothing more than a nuisance. I KNOW lives are being lost, ONCE again, on a STRATEGIC MILITARY scale 1250 combat deaths in two years of fighting is very small indeed."

To put it in another perspective:

IRAQ source
Population: 25,374,691 (July 2004 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 40.3% (male 5,198,966; female 5,039,173)
15-64 years: 56.7% (male 7,280,167; female 7,094,688)
65 years and over: 3% (male 357,651; female 404,046) (2004 est.)
Median age:
total: 19.2 years
male: 19.1 years
female: 19.3 years (2004 est.)
US troop level: 135,000 WAPO - 2/4/2005

Iraqis (friendly or otherwise) per US soldier (current force levels) = 188:1. Each soldier is getting a lot done.

44 posted on 02/28/2005 6:23:00 AM PST by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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