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Saturday, November 22, 2003
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Of Forests And Water

CNN today:

The latest series of attacks in Iraq has continued with deadly bombings on two police stations and a missile attack on a transport plane, the U.S. military said.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt is probably right when he said of yesterday's attacks:

"They're trying to break our will. They're trying to seize the headlines ... but they're militarily insignificant."

Unfortunately, the General and the US is missing the forest for the trees. BushCo and the DoD has been using the "militarily insignificant" thing for months. Only trouble is they seem to be getting more significant as time goes on, both in terms of its toll on our military and also the perceptions of the Iraqi and American people.

Hack talked a little about this way back in July:

[T]he main task for our leaders is to cut the spin and deal with the G's [guerrillas]: a lethal mix of street gangs, Islamic crazies, Arab mujaheddins and hardened criminals released from Iraqi prisons by Saddam, all stirred on perhaps by the Mustached Monster and certainly by many of his crew, who lost their cushy deal when our warriors put them out of the repression biz.

The way to do this is, of course, to win the people. As Mao proved long ago, the people are the supportive water and the G's are the fish. Disappear the water and the fish will flop around on parched riverbanks, easy pickings for a barbecue.

We diverted the water from our troops to the guerrillas long ago.


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