Still on the job hunt, then I drift into a rant
It turns out that the economy is so bad that there is serious competition for jobs in Iraq. I had sort of counted on other people having a more highly developed risk avoidance/survival mechanism than I do, and either they don't or their desperate, which is worse. Desperate people tend to make mistakes. I think my lack of employment in Iraq is largely due to my logistical experience being fairly ancient, and they, of course, don't need policy people over there.
They already decided on policy, and no matter how bad it fails their going to stick w/ it, because they seem incapable of considering alternatives. Our President: "Don't look back on past mistakes, look forward to the new ones". Really, it's like none of these people have ever even heard of Sun Tzu, Fourth Generation Warfare, Mao, Sandino, etc. I don't think you could make a bigger mess of a bad situation than they are currently doing. There must be a manual I haven't read, "How to Remove All Peaceful Options for Negotiating with Indigenous Peoples on Matters of Self-Government and Insure the Creation of Rabid Enemies for Generations to Come: Or how to fail"
And their argument that it's only a few bad eggs causing all the trouble, and most Iraqis love us, is moot. It flat doesn't matter if it's true or not. Mao and the forces he led in the 'Revolution' were very few in number in relation to the whole of the Chinese population. How large to you think the core cadre of the American Revolution was in comparison to the population of the Colonies? Most 'Americans' were not actively involved in starting the revolution. See, these people think in numbers, when they should be thinking in 'effects' and 'affects'.
Rumsfeld, for all of his talk about transforming the army, he can't seem to think outside of a very small box. He's not alone. It seems our cammand and staff are quite clueless on what can be done w/ military force alone, without a concomitant political plan.