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Can we judge the actions of Iraq’s government, from our safe seats at home?

Summary:  Can we judge the actions of Iraq’s government?  From our safe and secure society, Americans often give advice that seems suicidal for those in Iraq’s violent and turbulent society. From today on the essential “abu muqawama“, a post by Dr. iRack discussing the “The rise and fall of a Sons of Iraq warrior“, Los Angeles …

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About those expert-sounding discussions of Iraq’s politics by Americans…

Sites such as Abu Muqawama often have discussions of Iraq politics (an example here).  One the interesting aspects of these is the confidence of the participants in their understanding of Iraq’s society, in their forecasts about the evolution of Iraq’s politics.  How many of them speak the languages of Iraq?  How many know its history and …

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Another example of winning hearts & minds with artillery

Summary:  our use of firepower, artillery and airpower, is one of the great undercovered stories of the Iraq War.  It has profound implications, both humanitarian and for our grand strategy.  This is a second posts about our attempts to win hearts and minds with artillery; see the first here.   Here is a brief excerpt …

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Secretary Gates would be a hero – if speeches could reform DoD

Secretary of Defense Gates has received praise from some worthy analysts. It would be deserved, if speeches alone could reform DoD.  It would be heroic, if we had any signs that Gates was even trying. The Zenpundit (25 April 2008): On a related matter I’m very, very happy with Robert Gates. I think he just …

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