The Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace has put together a crisis team of innovators to brainstorm new strategies for Iraq, according to the New York Times. The members of the team include mavericks like Col. H.R. McMaster, lately of the 3rd Cavalry's great oil-spot pilot scheme at Tal Afar (pity the lessons were left so late that when applied to Baghdad they proved to be too little as well as too late), Col. Peter Mansoor, the director of the United States Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center and Col. Thomas Greenwood, the director of the Marine Command and Staff College who oversaw efforts to train Iraqi security forces in Anbar.
The goal is to finish the review in December, but some of its interim thinking has been made available to the military chiefs, Pentagon officials said.Of course some were calling for exactly this kind of attention and respect for the maverick's views as long ago as last June. In the year and a half since then, Iraq's militias have strengthened and penetrated the security forces to a massive extent, sectarian warfare has reached epidemic proportions, the national unity government has proven itself a weathervane for pressure from various factions and corruption has robbed Iraq of any meaningful reconstruction. The maverick's in the military may well be bright and savvy in the tricks of Fourth Generation warfare but even they are not miracle workers. Bush's delay in changing course may well have sunk their efforts before they even begin.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Posted by Cernig at 11/11/2006 09:19:00 AM