"New" Counterinsurgency Tactic In Iraq: Don't kill the civilians, provide for them!
We just got married here in The Other Real World, and frankly so dismayed at the state of GOP Politricks, the War in Iraq and the general state of affairs that we took a break from blogging to enjoy the sweeter things in life and love.
The Foley email-perv-cover-up-gate notwithstanding (for the moment), today's NY Times has an article about that pesky old war in Iraq. Rove may be hi-5'ing Bush right now (dude, Foley's controlling the news cycle!) but Iraq still slogs on, a war looking for a strategy, an Army busted by our leaders.
But, never fear, They've come up with a solution...
Right now the Yes Men of the Respectable US Army and Marines have devised a brilliant new strategy. Don't kill the civilians, provide for their safety and welfare first. Friggin' DUH!!! They're just now figuring this out?!?! Who is in charge of this whole shooting match anyway?
Oh Yeah... Oh Crap.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 — The United States Army and Marines are finishing work on a new counterinsurgency doctrine that draws on the hard-learned lessons from Iraq and makes the welfare and protection of civilians a bedrock element of military5 years and they've figured out Democracy can't be forced at the end of a gun, and that civility starts with humanity. Someone deserves a medal.
Or the boot.