Retired US Army COL Doug Macgregor has just published a critical look at this issue.
While the arrangement reached by U.S. military commanders and dubbed the “Great Awakening” has allowed the administration and its allies to declare the surge a success, it carries long-term consequences that are worrisome, if not perilous. The reduction in U.S. casualties is good news. But transforming thousands of anti-American Sunni insurgents into U.S.-funded Sunni militias is not without cost. In fact, the much-touted progress in Iraq could lead to a situation in which American foreign-policy interests are profoundly harmed and the Middle East is plunged into even a larger crisis than currently exists.
I’m at a total loss to explain why this brilliant piece didn’t run in the New York Times or one of the other national mainstream publications.
Doug Macgregor, for those of you that don’t know him, is a highly decorated officer, veteran of the Battle of 73 Easting, and author of two influential studies on the future of the Army: Breaking the Phalanx and Transformation Under Fire.
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