Monday, December 18, 2006

How to Win in Iraq

Although I'm sure I can withstand at least two more instances of the Bush administration's core of combat-allergic senior officials suggesting they best understand the situation on the ground in Iraq (better than Baker et al., better than the Democrats, better than the military itself often) before my head explodes, there's really no point in pushing it. So in honor of an American soldier who, before he lost his life in Iraq, gave us the following insightful explanation and plan for making a significant difference on the ground in Iraq, and because, as Martha Raddatz notes in her report, we have no way of knowing whether or not the President is ever going to see this plan himself, I'm doing my part [even though this is days old now] to help spread the word on this gift of clear communication from an American who clearly had a very big heart and deserves his nation's lasting gratitude. [via Sullivan] From ABCnews:

[A] young captain serving in Iraq's violent Al Anbar Province has offered a simple explanation of what the problem was in Iraq and how to solve it. Among his observations is the importance of having a moustache in Iraq.

In a military known for its sleep-inducing, graphically dizzying PowerPoint presentations, the young captain's presentation, which has been unofficially circulating through the ranks, stands out. Using stick figures and simple language, it articulates the same goal as the president's in Iraq.
Here's the presentation itself. Please read it, and if you happen to meet up with the President, ask him to read it as well.


Blogger George said...

A couple of New Yorker articles provide further insight into the problem and make for an interesting read.

New Yorker 12/18/06: George Packer, Knowing The Enemy
“Let’s face it,” he told her. “All public diplomacy is on hold till George Bush is out of office.”[p.2]

ew Yorker 4/10/06: George Packer, The Lessons of Tal Afar (Both via David Brooks' in his Sunday NYT column

I suppose Bush should stick with the stick figures, the're more his style.

12/18/2006 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous pp said...

Excellent art work in this presentation, I'd say

12/18/2006 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...

Love it :)

12/18/2006 04:31:00 PM  

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