Monday, March 24, 2003

More on War Strategy 

Casus Belli makes this point about the coalition forces' war strategy.

"Look, casualties are inevitable no matter what warplan one adopts. But people must recognize that this warplan was selected by the Pentagon officials precisely because it was congruent with the Administration's political objectives in Iraq, not necessarily because it was the best warplan for minimizing the loss of American lives. In the end, securing the political objectives (protecting oil fields, minimizing collateral damage, emphasizing decapitation) may save American lives by laying the groundwork for a stable post-war Iraq. In the short term, as Peter Feaver put it in the Post article, mission accomplishment has been put ahead of force protection."