Sunday, December 28, 2003
Country store passes on the news that PC is KIA in Iraq, and life insurance for Jihadis is going to become a lot more expensive:
An American who has advised the civilian authority in Baghdad explained the new plan of attack to Hersh: "The only way we can win is to go unconventional. We're going to have to play their game. Guerrilla vs. guerrilla. Terrorism vs. terrorism. We've got to scare the Iraqis into submission."
What that means is no more Mr. Nice Guy. It means our first priority will not be to arm American troops with paint rollers each morning, to get everything looking more spiffy in Baghdad. Instead, we're talking about what some in the Pentagon call "pre-emptive manhunting" -- more intelligence, more captures, and more assassinations of Baathist insurgents. The paint can wait.
Enough already. No more losses just so the chattering classes can feel good about their readiness to sacrifice someone else for their moral principles.