A fascinating and relevant bit on the new desperate measures being implemented. “If don’t know history, you’re doomed to be repeat it” sure keeps getting borne out with the Bush administration:
[quote]Models that have long since been discarded as failures are hectically being revived. For example, US military advisors are to be embedded as supervisors and support personnel within units of the new Iraqi army, who have the dubious but well-deserved reputation of fleeing the minute they come under fire.
Precisely the same recipe was incapable of stopping the Vietnam debacle 40 years ago. Military officials are also talking about forming death squads, whose job would be to track down and eliminate the insurgents within the territory they control or to which they normally withdraw. This would include foreign territory beyond the borders of Iraq. It’s a strategy that was largely discredited during civil wars in Latin American in the 1970s.
These experiences have led military personnel in particular to call for a rethinking of Washington’s strategy. The Pentagon’s civilian leadership has not been faced with so much criticism from within its own ranks since the Vietnam War. Retired general D. Barry McCaffrey is even concerned that “the army will lose its base in the next 24 months.” General Peter Schoomaker, the current Chief of Staff of the US Army, has already warned Congress against drastic consequences, saying that “it may be necessary to augment the regular armed forces,” something that Rumsfeld wants to avoid at all costs, mainly for budgetary reasons. [/quote]