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1 posted on 09/16/2006 6:18:56 PM PDT by jmc1969
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This is good...like to see this kind of thing getting out to the public.


2 posted on 09/16/2006 8:10:52 PM PDT by rlmorel (Islamofacism: It is all fun and games until someone puts an eye out. Or chops off a head.)
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The islamic zeal of the terrorizing scum sees nothing wrong with sacrificing Muslim Iraqis in order to continue the destruction of the Iraq America wants to see in charge of ruling themselves. Al Qaeda will sacrifice every Iraq in this effort and the mad mullah scum of Iran will do likewise. Perhaps the people of Irazq are beginning to realize that Islam is a demonspawn of murder and mayhem, the the 'insugency' is nothing bu terrorism tryiing to subjugate the Iraq people with massacres to follow if the effrot is successful in running America out of theater. The dim ocrats will never figure that out, but then we can know they don't care about slaughtering innocent humans, if it empowers democrats at the ballot box (read, abortion on demand as the democrat's favored blood-drenched empowerment scheme).


3 posted on 09/16/2006 8:22:36 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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I hope this works, but I'm not holding my breath.

The ink blot/oil spot strategy has gained a lot of support among theorists and among some practitioners. In my opinion, given our available forces and the overwhelming mission that they are assigned, this is misguided. Ink blot/oil spot is a very modest evolution of the WWII mindset that focuses on terrain. It has a very limited application and thus far has not been attempted anywhere that the application is relevant.

Ink blot/oil spot works if you have sufficient troops to saturate a locale and control social networks operating in that locale. More importantly, you must maintain control over both the locale and the social networks while simultaneously expanding this control outward. This is much easier when done from a periphery with friendlier inhabitants and neighbors rather than from the middle of the country in the most hostile areas. For example, spreading the ink blot northward from Basra would be simpler than starting in Ramadi and holding or expanding in all directions.

Attempting this now is further complicated by the fact that social networks organized for the purpose of insurgency/terrorism have become larger and more sophisticated. Also, there is the fear that most Iraqis have that American forces will be diverted elsewhere or otherwise not remain in sufficient strength to maintain order while the Iraqi forces are stood up. Sir Robert Thompson said “What the peasant wants to know is: does the government mean to win the war? Because if not, he will have to support the insurgent.” That makes it much tougher to maintain control over what you’ve got while expanding your influence, but that is the dilemma that most Iraqis believe they face. Perhaps to their credit, many are arming and organizing themselves for their defense, but lacking sound moral leadership this has resulted in little more than lawless gangs committing the mindless Iraqi on Iraqi violence that has characterized the past several months of conflict in Iraq, further eroding the trust necessary for Iraqis to form a society and further complicating coalition efforts to establish/maintain order. The ongoing cut and run mantra of the Demagogue Party, their leftist cohorts, the limp-wristed panty waists in Europe, and our adversaries in the UN have done nothing to assuage the legitimate fears of the Iraqi people.

In hindsight, we would have been wiser to make this a slow, methodical invasion by equipping and leading the Shia northward and the Kurds southward, backed up with American airpower, led by US Special Forces, and reinforced with conventional ground forces. Advance only as quickly as the liberated cities/towns can be de-Ba'athed, repaired, and made into functioning societies. That would have enabled us to establish police forces capable of policing and consolidating our gains while the military forces pressed on. By liberating the entire country in a matter of weeks, we inadvertently chose to drink from a firehose rather than sipping from a cup.

From my armchair to your screen.


4 posted on 09/16/2006 8:36:20 PM PDT by Axhandle
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