Long War


I've been following the news like everyone else. Since everyone is giving opinions, I thought I'd give mine based on years of in-fighting in a big company. Here's my bet about what is going on:
* Rumsfeld Faulted For Troop Dilution. First, I don't know, but I would bet that Rumsfeld is one of those classic CEOs I've met many times. Incredibly great infighter, never going unstealth, but always pushing. This latest report about him denying more troops is a classic to me. He can always claim that someone below asked for it. I just love the part where the civilians (Wolfie no doubt) call the generals stupid. Sigh.
* "Wars Goals":http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49102-2003Mar29.html. Another classic problem. There is a big difference between the Powell doctrine of overwhelming force and focusing on winning vs. what is politically expedient. The only thing I hope is that there is someone at the top levels in the Pentagon willing to destroy their careers to tell the truth. Or, there is a Daniel Ellsberg somewhere who will blow the whistle. I only pray that the troops over there get enough to do the job right. Rather than having another Vietnam or Lebanon.
* "Anger in Middle EAst":http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48367-2003Mar29.html. Of course, you can easily argue that hte real hearts and mind war is already lost. Another lesson from Vietnam and Lebanon.
* "Losing the PR war":http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45187-2003Mar28.html. A good piece about how the "marketing" of the war really didn't work.