October 12, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Who said it was going to be easy?

Who said Iraq was going to be easy?

Well, besides Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Chalabi and Wolfowitz and Feith...

U.S. Faces Complex Insurgency in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military is fighting the most complex guerrilla war in its history, with 140,000 American soldiers trained for conventional warfare flailing against a thicket of insurgent groups with competing aims and no supreme leader.

The three dozen or so guerrilla bands agree on little beyond forcing the Americans out of Iraq.

In other U.S. wars, the enemy was clear. In Vietnam, a visible leader - Ho Chi Minh - led a single army fighting to unify the country under socialism. But in Iraq, the disorganized insurgency has no single commander, no political wing and no dominant group.

U.S. troops can't settle on a single approach to fight groups whose goals and operations vary. And it's hard to sort combatants from civilians in a chaotic land where large parts of some communities support the insurgents and others are too afraid to risk their lives to help foreigners.

"It's more complex and challenging than any other insurgency the United States has fought," aid Bruce Hoffman, a RAND counterinsurgency expert who served as an adviser to the U.S.-led occupation administration.

But please, folks. Let's keep the leadership that chose to put us in this awful place.

What's the use of changing horseman in mid-apocalypse?

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