This strategy is not a carefully thought out initiative but rather a hastily thrown together reaction to the mounting carnage in Baghdad.
Yes, once again the Bush administration hopes for the best but won't plan for the worst.
No amount of troops will be able to pacify the vast stretches of the capital that are controlled by militias backed by the local police forces.What is even more upsetting than this wrong-headed move is the muted coverage of -- and absence of debate over -- the new strategy in the mainstream media and blogosphere.
Worst yet, U.S. troops will have to engage in door-to-door combat with an enemy who not only knows the battlefield well but has support of the locals. Such close-quarters fighting has been a disaster from Saigon to Mogadishu to Kosovo to Baghdad itself, most recently during an abortive security sweep in June that made the situation worse and prompted the new strategy.
I had initially written this off to three factors: