By Kenneth M. Pollack

ISBN-10: 0815771509

ISBN-13: 9780815771500

ISBN-10: 0815771517

ISBN-13: 9780815771517

In A swap in Time Kenneth M. Pollack and the Iraq coverage operating crew of The Saban middle for heart East coverage search to supply an alternate, accomplished method for American method in Iraq. they start with the belief that even though the present U.S. technique in Iraq is encountering enormous problems and looks not going to provide a strong Iraq in the subsequent to 5 years, the choice proposed through a few Bush management critics—a quick withdrawl—would additionally no longer serve U.S. pursuits. whereas many considerate specialists and policymakers have tried to supply a practical 3rd plan of action, none have up to now succeeded in doing so. This record poses one of these process.

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This is largely correct. However, this report is intended to be accessible to a general readership for whom the divide between strategy and tactics is clear, whereas introducing an unfamiliar term like “the operational level of warfare” might confuse more than it would clarify. 14 A S W I T C H I N T I M E : A N E W S T R AT E G Y F O R A M E R I C A I N I R A Q Unfortunately, the changes underway are almost entirely in the realm of tactics, not strategy. Even if the tactics are improving, and in some cases they are, such changes will have little impact unless the United States also fundamentally alters its strategic approach.

Po l i c y, i n cluding military opera ti on s . S. military is slowly revising its approach . S. S. ” Joseph A. Christoff, “Rebuilding Iraq: Enhancing Security, Measuring Program Results, and Maintaining Infrastructure are Necessary to Make Significant and Sustainable Progress,” Testimony before the Committee on Government Reform, Sub-Committee on National Security, House of Representatives, October 18, 2005, p. 14. 9 Military experts may quibble that the discussion that follows actually relates to the operational level of warfare, not the strategic.

Thus, there is no reason that the United States could not shift to a traditional COIN strategy right now, without increasing troop levels—doing so would just mean that it would take longer for the strategy to bear fruit. Of course, if the United States hopes to win quickly in Iraq, it will pro bably need a significant increase in troop strength (and even then “quickly” would still mean several years). Unfortunately, we are far from that number. At present, the United States has between 135,000-160,000 troops in Iraq at any given time.

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