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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Posted by Jake
As U.S. Lowered Sights, Information Poured In (washingtonpost.com)

While I have been willing to cut the Pentagon some slack on the war front, the peace has not been going as well as I hoped (although yesterday makes me feel a good deal better). I think the Pentagon may have been unwilling to admit any errors in the war/peace plan in an effort to stifle the domestic anti-war criticism. Rummy having to defend himself for every little detail at the morning briefing neither help the war be waged nor encouraged reasonable analysis of what was working. This left them considerably less adaptable than war planners should be and slow to change.

Happily enough, however, we see the General Abizaid is thinking on his feet, and whatever he is doing it is working:

'We shifted our focus from very high-level personalities to the people that are causing us damage,' Gen. John P. Abizaid, the new commander of the U.S. military in the Middle East, said in an interview last weekend. Later, he told reporters in Baghdad: 'In the past two weeks, we have been getting the mid-level leadership in a way that is effective.'


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