Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A strategy for victory

While we're discussing documents of various kinds, here's one that is rather interesting.

The new White House document, the first of its kind to be released publicly, defines who the US sees as the enemy in Iraq, listing three groups in declining order of size:

* "Rejectionists" - primarily Sunni Arabs who fared well under Saddam but have lost influence and authority. The US says their resistance will fade if a new democratic government protects minority rights

* "Saddamists" who were active members of the former regime. The US expects their power to wane to the point where Iraqi security forces can defeat them

* "Terrorists" associated with al-Qaeda who want to establish a totalitarian Islamic empire, and who must be killed or captured through counter-terror operations.

Long-term victory will come when Iraq is "peaceful, united, stable and secure, well integrated into the international community, and a full partner in the war on terrorism", the document says.

Read the complete article Bush outlines Iraq 'victory plan' from BBC News.

National Strategy For Victory In Iraq
- A PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat is required.

Now all President Bush needs is an hour in primetime to illustrate his point with graphs and charts like Kennedy did with his U-2 photos of the missiles in Cuba.

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