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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Worth reading

Too busy to blog today, but here's two interesting and depressing items worthy of attention:

Top military leaders insist new U.S. strategy is desperately needed in Iraq:

Though it's far more difficult today because of lost opportunities, Zinni said, if the administration acted fast, a better outcome could be pulled out of the flames. To get Iraq right, he said, would take five to seven years, "and it means a much more comprehensive and well-planned set of programs to build political, economic, social and security institutions."

Even retired Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell at the State Department in President Bush's first term and now an outspoken critic of the administration's policies in Iraq, said there's still a way to succeed.

"First, you have to think big," Wilkerson said. "Not stupid big, the way Cheney and Bush and Rumsfeld do, but smart big the way Teddy Roosevelt used to do."


Most of the officers, however, agreed that the administration has relied too heavily on the military and shortchanged economic and political efforts in Iraq.

And then there's You wouldn’t catch me dead in Iraq. I won't pull a quote from it because the whole thing is just so disturbing. Don't read it if you feel like getting happy.