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Strategy for Dummies, Pt. 2

Sunday, Dec. 04, 2005 1:48 AM

Regarding the National Strategy for Victory that the White House released on Wednesday, the New York Times is reporting that the document, "... strongly reflects a new voice ... Peter D. Feaver, a Duke University political scientist," who, along with his colleagues, studied polls taken in 2003 and 2004 and determined that, "... Americans would support a war with mounting casualties on one condition: that they believed it would ultimately succeed."

But the co-author of that study, Christopher F. Gelpi, admits that the "National Strategy" is nothing of the kind. The document is, he says, "... clearly targeted at public opinion."

Which explains why the "National Strategy" is simply a fresh coat of paint on old slogans. It fails to allay concerns about clandestine prisons and the Vice President's obstinate refusal to accept any limitations on the treatment of prisoners. It fails to explain the 'misread' intelligence pertaining to WMDs, or the prediction that American troops would be welcomed as liberators. It fails to explain where 'untidiness' ends and a serious problem begins.

Here's something to consider, Dr. Feaver. Perhaps it is not only that Americans admire a commander who have the mind-set and resolve to act, but ones who are truthful and honest.

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