February 10, 2008

WE ARE ALL RUMSFELDIANS NOW:

Learning to Fight a War (David Ignatius, 2/10/08, Washington Post)

Traveling in Iraq and Afghanistan in late January, I kept encountering two themes that cut across the usual U.S. political debate about these conflicts: The hard-nosed operations of U.S. Special Forces are increasingly effective, and so are the soft-power tactics of Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

The debate over troop numbers may be missing the point. What's making the real difference isn't how many Americans are on the ground, but how they are being used. That's true at both ends of the spectrum -- hard power and soft. And, as commanders learn to use these tools of counterinsurgency effectively, they may also be able to operate with fewer people and a lighter footprint.

Let's start with the Special Forces: U.S. commanders say they are having increasing success targeting al-Qaeda operatives and sectarian militias in Iraq. "We're killing a lot of people," is how one top officer bluntly puts it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2008 9:18 PM
Comments

As one of the greatest American generals put it, "War means fighting, and fighting means killing."

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 12, 2008 4:37 AM

Actually, your title reveals the most distasteful part of John McCain - his hysterical and unworthy attacks on Rumsfeld, who was very good at his job. Who does McCain expect will work for him in the future - political aides and sycophants?

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 12, 2008 6:34 AM

You're kidding, right? When he's president they'll all be sycophantic to him.

Posted by: oj at February 12, 2008 11:13 AM
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