Monday, June 28, 2004

I occasionally browse the Christian Science Monitor to get a different perspective. Here is an article on how the Iraqi insurgency is not monolithic.

It's really just a rundown of what other news outlets are saying, but the gist is that there are secularists who prepared for the insurgency since before the war and Islamicists who came in afterwards, ready to create a new Afghanistan. And it brings up two criticisms of U.S. policy leveled by Fareed Zakarai:

1) That the U.S. failed to bring in an intimidating number of troops.
2) That U.S. leaders severely underestimated the possibility that any insurgency might have any popular support.

Iraq has been ill-planned from the get-go.

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