Wednesday, March 02, 2005

And I only studied the Time-Life series on guerilla warfare…

NewsHour With Jim Leher (PBS)

Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, discusses the ongoing violence in Iraq.

GEN. JOHN ABIZAID: I think Zarqawi's organization is under a lot of pressure. I think they're in trouble. You have a suicide bomber. You have a vehicle filled with explosives. You have explosive experts. And you have people that have cased the target and recommended the target.

That doesn't take a lot of people; it doesn't take a lot of money; it doesn't really take a lot of organizational skill; it just requires that you have a clear view about how many casualties that you can inflict and a pretty clear indication that you're trying to make the whole enterprise of peace, stability and prosperity in Iraq fail. And that's what he is trying to do.
Clearly, the problem is that the US has too many people (nearly 130,000 troops -- plus coalition troops), is spending too much money ($1 billion a week), and has too many organizational skills.

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