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.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.
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.