The War As We Saw It

How long will it take the Malkinites to attack these US soldiers over their dissenting opinions on the Iraq War? VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of

How long will it take the Malkinites to attack these US soldiers over their dissenting opinions on the Iraq War?

VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day...read on


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