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By Kenneth M. Pollack

In A change in Time Kenneth M. Pollack and the Iraq coverage operating crew of The Saban heart for heart East coverage search to supply another, complete procedure for American technique in Iraq. they start with the belief that even though the present U.S. strategy in Iraq is encountering enormous problems and looks not likely to provide a good Iraq in the subsequent to 5 years, the choice proposed by way of a few Bush management critics—a speedy withdrawl—would additionally no longer serve U.S. pursuits. whereas many considerate specialists and policymakers have tried to provide a practical 3rd plan of action, none have to this point succeeded in doing so. This file poses this sort of technique.

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21 These security personnel do not all need to be crack Green Berets. Many can be police or local paramilitaries with little ability to do more than defend their own town or neighborhood. As long as they are willing to fight, possess minimum levels of military training, are deployed as part of a traditional COIN strategy and employ appropriate tactics, then they can play an important security role. , June 2004; Kalev I. Sepp, “Best Practices in Counterinsurgency,” Military Review (May–June 2005), p.

The New York Times reports that events similar to this were occurring in at least 20 towns in central Iraq by November 2005. See Sabrina Tavernise, “Sectarian Hatred Pulls Apart Iraq’s Mixed Towns,” The New York Times, November 20, 2005. 27–47. 12 A S W I T C H I N T I M E : A N E W S T R AT E G Y F O R A M E R I C A I N I R A Q Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and Muqtada as-Sadr, rather than any popular enthusiasm for their political platforms. Indeed, op i n i on po lls con s i s ten t ly dem on s trate that Ira q i s staunchly oppose the Iranian-style theocracy at the heart of SCIRI’s ideology.

In counterinsurgency and stability operations, a capable police force is a vital ally for the armed forces. Yet the Iraqi police force is riddled with graft; thoroughly penetrated by the insurgents, militias, and organized crime; under-armed and under-trained; and victim to attacks from all sides. 9 Th ere need s to be a clear shift tow a rds a true co u n teri n su r gency campaign. Si n ce the fall of Ba gh d ad , the Un i ted States has em p l oyed a “po s t - con f l i ct stabi l i z a ti on” m odel of sec u ri ty operati on s .

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