Iraq : A view from the ground

Another fascinating insight into the current Iraq counter insurgency strategy by Lt. Col. David Kilcullen. Reading this you can’t help thinking that maybe – finally- they’ve got the right people on the job.

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6 Responses to Iraq : A view from the ground

  1. Fiasco da Gama says:

    It’s Kilcullen, Rex. Yes, he’s optimistic, and he’s right that ‘surge’ strategy can’t be measured simply by dividing successes by time elapsed. He’s also correct that population centres are immovable, in the sense that military units and insurgents are able to move to avoid fighting. This doesn’t entirely work in the favour of the Coalition and the Iraqi Government, though.
    I tend to share the view of John Robb, though, in that ‘clearing and holding’ is not a viable strategy in a country that has complicated networks and a modern, though destroyed, economy.

  2. observa says:

    And we have to bear in mind why they need to succeed
    http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/bless-the-beasts-and-children.htm

  3. Rex says:

    Fixed now Fiasco thanks. – It’s all those ls and ks that keep on throwing me.

    This doesnt entirely work in the favour of the Coalition and the Iraqi Government, though.

    I don’t think there’s been anything much working in their favour to date. It seems it’s more a case of one last try really. btw Your URL to John Robb doesn’t work.

  4. Fiasco da Gama says:

    The link will work this time. It is vital that it does so. The next six months will be crucial.

  5. Bill Posters says:

    Reading this you cant help thinking that maybe – finally- theyve got the right people on the job.

    Doesn’t matter how good they are if it’s the wrong job.

  6. Rex says:

    Yes, agree Mr. Posters. It was always the wrong job.

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