Iraq: Perhaps ‘Plan B’ should be ‘Plan A’

So, why aren’t we trying this plan again?

The Pentagon has drawn up plans to withdraw combat troops from Iraq and shift to a training and advisory role if the current “surge” strategy in the country fails.

The plans have drawn inspiration from the supervisory role played by a tiny American force in El Salvador in the 1980s and suggest divisions within the Pentagon on the policy after four years of war.

They call into question the “surge” demanded by President George W Bush in January, which sent 21,500 troops primarily to control rising sectarian violence in Baghdad. […]

But the reduction plans, reported in the Los Angeles Times, suggest there are many inside the Pentagon who think the aggressive tactics are much more likely to fail than not.

“This part of the world has an allergy against foreign presence,” the report quotes a senior Pentagon official as saying of Iraq.

(read the rest on the Telegraph)

Sure, let’s see if more troops die in futily first – then we’ll try a more logical approach …

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