Thursday, October 4, 2007

More Guns, More Advisors

"Detailed planning is underway for the U.S. military to begin scaling back its primary mission from one of fighting a counterinsurgency to an advisory and training role, which will involve pulling U.S. troops out of Iraqi cities and closing some U.S. bases, Odierno said."

Will this "advisory and training role" be like the one that created the Strategic Hamlets in Vietnam? I.E. a quixotic mission and abject failure? Training and advising is more complicated than it seems when dealing with a security force infiltrated by a kaleidoscope of violent militias and death squads--who will soon be flush with $100 million in Chinese weapons. This plan looked like a cop out to me at first. But it's actually a deeper, more prolonged commitment.

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