[A-List] The U.S. Army speaks up for Hamas ...and Obama's War (Iraq) - Thomas E. Ricks
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Mon Jan 5 12:13:05 MST 2009
From Foreign Policy...
(Also, Abu Aardvark is officially a member of FP's writing staff:
Why Aardvark? <http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/node/10725>)
Thomas E. Ricks, formerly WaPo, now Foreign Policy magazine:
The Army War College chose this week to release a report that has some
surprisingly kind words for Israel's foes in the Gaza Strip:
"HAMAS' political and strategic development has been both ignored and
misreported in Israeli and Western sources which villainize the group,
much as the PLO was once characterized as an anti-Semitic terrorist
group," writes Sherifa Zuhur, a research professor at the War College's
Strategic Studies Institute. "Negotiating solely with the weaker
Palestinian party-Fatah-cannot deliver the security Israel requires. . .
. The underlying strategies of Israel and HAMAS appear mutually
exclusive . . . . Yet each side is still capable of revising its desired
endstate and of necessary concessions to establish and preserve a
long-term truce, or even a longer-term peace."
Among her timely if impolitic recommendations: "Israel and the United
States need to abandon their policies of non-negotiation and
non-communication with HAMAS."
With linkage to pertinent docs: http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/node/10703
News flash for the president-elect: All our troops are combat troops. It
isn't like some American soldiers stroll around Iraq unarmed. Nor do the
insurgents inquire about the troops' MOS (military occupational
specialties) before detonating an IED. Indeed, I feel safer in Iraq
accompanying an infantry unit on foot patrol than I do while riding in a
convoy of transport soldiers, who are much more likely to get popped by
a roadside bomb. So his promise to get "combat troops" out of Iraq in
the next 16 months is a phrase that means much less than it appears to.
At any rate, I bet Obama is wrong: I think we are going to have tens of
thousands of troops in Iraq -- mentoring, advising and engaged in combat
-- for many years to come.
The recent Status of Forces Agreement also means less than it seems. For
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