Saturday, December 23, 2006

Iraq Strategies, Part III

This article states that the Administration is considering massive economic and infrastructure repair efforts synched with the proposed troop surge in Iraq:

At the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are insisting on reconstruction funds as part of a package of political and economic measures to accompany the armed forces. They fear the extra troops will be wasted and more lives lost if Bush relies purely on the military to pacify Iraq, according to sources close to General Peter Schoomaker, the Army Chief of Staff.

The article goes on to state that the focus beyond purely military efforts is based on a report from the American Enterprise Institute entitled Choosing Victory: the Path for Success in Iraq. The PDF is here.

I confess that I haven't read the report yet (I found out about it mere moments ago), but I will, and then I will post something on it tomorrow.

This is the type of intellectual effort required to give policymakers options beyond the meek, lowest common denominator realpolitik of the Baker Hamilton Report.

More to follow, I'm sure. Read it before I do if you are staying up late tonight (or are sitting in another time zone, where bed time is hours away!) and beat me to the punch!!

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