Listen Carefully To General Abizaid

More advice from Dr. Walid Phares, this time regarding Iraq.

In classical military teaching, you win the war if you destroy the enemy in a particular geographical space. Examples abound in world history. But in the War on Terror, the enemy is not identifiable within a particular space. The supreme commander of U.S. forces in the region often stated that the global foes are the complex networks of Salafi Jihadists on the one hand and the operatives of the Khumeinist regime in Iraq on the other. Hence, may I add, the measurement of success against them is the enabling of the region’s peoples to resist them.

Unfortunately, the debaters in America and the West have been deprived (by their own academic elites) from the understanding of that enemy.

Dr. Phares presents the best response to our Congressional investigation I have yet seen. Our politicians are falling over each other in an attempt to define the external problem in terms of domestic political questions. They wish to know “How many additional troops do you need so that we can pull out lots of troops after,” and there is no answer to that beyond “enough.” How fast is fast enough? How long is long enough? By all means, let’s win this war as quickly and with as little loss as is possible, but we can not win it with less.

In the end, and as the nation is looking desperately for ways to “solve” Iraq, it is crucial that we dissipate the foggy vision of that conflict: Concentrate on reading the enemy, understand your allies and focus on the big plan; the rest is cacophony. In Iraq, it means analyze the speeches of the Jihadists and Ahmedinijad, listen to the Iraqis and talk with them, and let them have victories over their enemies. This is the recipe of the centurions and their chief, John Abizaid. I hope the new Rome’s Senate will hear.

I hope so too.

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