So great in fact that plans are to militarily control 20-30 more Iraq cities before the "scheduled" January 2005 Iraq elections. You can't write comic-tragedy any better than this, Lovelies.
"U.S. plan for Iraq starts with taming insurgents. I guess that would be the "new" "great" plan, eh? Reminds me of the line from the play "You Can't Take It With You", (setting: the era of the US "Great" Depression) where the russian ballet master says about events in the USSR ... "Ah Grandpa, the second five-year plan is a failure!" Another predictable great cosmic failure, unless you're a shareholder in one of the US's many arms manufacturers, that is.
From the article:
Pentagon planners and military commanders have identified roughly 20 to 30 towns and cities in Iraq that must be brought under control before elections can be held there in January, and have devised detailed ways of deciding which ones should be early priorities, according to senior administration and military officials.Chuckles abound. Pull some out of the air, and have a "great" afternoon.
Recent military operations to quell the Iraqi insurgency in Tal Afar, Samarra and south of Baghdad are the first and most visible signs of the new six-pronged strategy for Iraq, approved at the highest levels of the Bush administration, the officials said. While elements of the plan have been discussed in generalities recently, the officials described it in much more detail, calling it a comprehensive guideline to their actions in the next few months. As U.S. military deaths have increased in Iraq and commanders struggle to combat a tenacious insurgency and a deadly spate of bombings, even Bush administration officials involved in creating the plan acknowledge that U.S. forces face a difficult task and that success is far from guaranteed.