I was very skeptical of this plan from the start. Military minds said it’d work, and they know their business more than me, who’s not in the business. However, I am a fair chess player, and do know strategy.
I just heard a report on CNN (stop… I know) that the troop surge must be kept up, indefinitely, for it to work. This is from the military talking heads.
So far, the troop surge has been met with mixed reviews, though I’d say it has not been a success. It’s continuation would result in the same condition. How many times have we said that to do the same thing over and over expecting different results is… stupid?
Why haven’t the powers that be considered a diminished presence may spur a drop in insurgent behavior? Most of the conflict has been in Baghdad, where we have an overwhelming presence. Everywhere else… not much conflict, and not much presence.
Stay out of the city; guard it’s perimeter so as to not let in insurgent arms.