Why A Surge In Troop Levels Will Not Secure Iraq - As Planned
... Our mission in Iraq, as defined by the President, is to enable and assist the Iraqi army to take control of their country. This mission will never work! Instead, our Mission has to be to Secure Iraq and the Surrounding Region with the American Army.
The problem in the Middle East is regional. Iraq can never be secured while the surrounding countries cause problems, and they do! Look at the map carefully. Syria and Iran must be subdued. Saudi Arabia must be treated as our "caliphate" not our friend - 'cause they're not. Look to the south of Yemen - guess which countries are there? Ethiopia and Somalia. They've been in the news lately, as you may have heard.
Treating the region "regionally" was recommended from day one, from know-it-alls like me to former Presidents. I wonder - is their anyone left in Washington that is Willing to Win?
"The United States faces a dire situation in Iraq because of a history of half-measures. We have always sent "just enough" force to succeed if everything went according to plan. So far nothing has, and there's no reason to believe that it will. Sound military planning doesn't work this way. The only "surge" option that makes sense is both long and large."