November 30, 2005
NSC's Iraq Plan Omits Casualty Projections
Here is the NSC's National Strategy for Victory in Iraq (pdf). Apparently at the strategic level of planning, one doesn't make casualty projections.
For those who want to cut to the chase, the Chicago Tribune has published a summary of the 35-page plan for Iraq. Here's a sample:
- Short Term: An Iraq that is making steady progress in fighting terrorists, achieving political milestones, building democratic institutions, laying a foundation for a sound economy and training and equipping security forces.
- Medium Term: An Iraq that is taking the lead in defeating terrorists and providing its own security, has a constitutional government and is making economic gains.
- Longer Term: An Iraq that has defeated the terrorists and neutralized the insurgency, and has developed into a peaceful, united, stable and secure nation that is part of the international community and a partner in the war on terrorism.
Do we read "an Iraq" to mean with US troops on the ground or without?
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