Monday, March 12, 2007
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Pentagon has begun planning a fallback option in the event that the current Baghdad troop Surge "...fails or is derailed by Congress." Although only in its initial planning phase and already the subject of fierce internal opposition, it would in its broadest terms amount to a redux of the "El Salvador model": re-deploying the bulk of American forces "out of harm's way," and committing the remainder to training and advisory roles. Or in other words, a return to the failed Iraq strategy that preceded the Surge.
I came up with the following graphic, in an olive drab color scheme, to help simplify the military logic:
War planning. From the folks who brought you the $700 toilet seat.