Iraq after al Qaeda's defeat

Austin Bay:

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The elections probably precipitated al Qaeda's desperate attempt to start a civil war by blowing up the Shia holy site. Without the UN mandate, the US probably could have done a better job of securing Iraq and avoided the election of a passive aggressive Shia government. However, we have over overcome the problems that came with this mandate and we have overcome al Qaeda more importantly.

For those who claim we had no plan for post war Iraq, they need to look at the impositions of the UN on our operations as well as the enemy's reaction to those impositions and to our effort. War takes place in a dynamic atmosphere and the winner is not always the one with the best plan, but the one who can adapt to the enemy's war plan and get inside his decision loop.

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