Rumsfeld’s Victory: Retrospective Analysis

Why did the Iraqis turn against al Qaeda and Iran? Because al Qaeda and Iran were murdering them en masse. And why were al Qaeda and Iran murdering Iraqis en masse? Because Defense Secretary Rumfeld’s small-footprint force-protection strategy meant that they couldn’t attack American troops without getting immediately annihilated.

In order to get the “continuing violence” that their allies in the Western media could use to create American defeat on the home front, the Saudi and Iranian proxy warriors in Iraq had no choice but to wage war on the Iraqi people.

They understood the risks: that playing for a media victory would cost them the war on the ground. This is clear in the letter that al Qaeda #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, wrote to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the Fall of 2005:

Written in December 2007, as the seeds of our Counter Insurgency operations (the ‘Surge’) were bearing fruit, this article is a must read for a fuller understanding of our success in the war.
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  1. Dan: Thanks for linking this. Tom Burnett Sr., who is working with me to stop the Flight 93 memorial, keeps asking me if I have shown this to Rumsfeld yet. One of these days I will drop it by the Hoover Institution, where Rumsfeld has an office this year.

    Alec Rawls
    Palo Alto, CA

    (Tom Jr. is one of the murdered heroes of Flight 93. The planned memorial is actually a terrorist memorial mosque.)




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