The Iraqi defense minister wants a return on his investment. As Abdul Qader Obeidi tells the Los Angeles Times‘ Liz Sly, Iraq’s purchases of American weapons platforms compel an advisory presence beyond 2011, SOFA or no SOFA.
|By: Spencer Ackerman Monday July 5, 2010 10:00 am|
George Schultz says: “It’s been seven years since we invaded Iraq, and there is so much sorrow in the world. I don’t see things getting a lot better.
You ought to come out to California. We have problems out here; but the sun is shining, and it’s pleasant here on the Stanford campus.”
|By: Spencer Ackerman Thursday July 1, 2010 7:15 pm|
I might not agree with the way Uncle Jimbo puts everything in this video about the counterterrorism utility behind a counterinsurgent focus on reducing civilian casualties, but he dispenses quite effectively with the canard that counterterrorism can be successfully divorced from a strategy that invests the local populace in Blue Team/White Hat advances.
Perhaps there’s a better way of doing that than a resource-intensive counterinsurgency strategy, but I’ve yet to hear one that persuades me.