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Pentagon to do better job in next war

According to the Los Angeles Times, top Pentagon officials "are studying the lessons of Iraq closely to ensure that the next U.S. takeover of a foreign country goes more smoothly. 'We're going to get better over time,' said Lawrence Di Rita. 'We've always thought of post-hostilities as a phase ... the future of war is that these things are going to be much more of a continuum. ... We'll get better as we do it more often."
always thinking ahead

have a nice day
Citation Info, Please 01.Oct.2003 11:45

interested

Brent, can you give a URL or other ref to the LAT item you cite? Thanks.

"as we do it more often"... 01.Oct.2003 12:23

this thing here

iran? syria? north korea? all very likely, syria being the easiest by far. iran and north korea are still quite possible, but they would perhaps require a tax raise to pay for...

and, based on the PNAC philosophy of "no one in the #2 position shall challenge america in the #1 position" (a philosophy which i sadly and terrifyingly believe the u.s. government actually believes in and does not find insane or dr. strangelovey), i would expect very serious, massive wars with asia (china, india, australia, n.z., pacific islands, etc.) and/or europe within the next 25 to 100 years.

that should be a whole lot of fun. a good use of our time and resources. thanks so much PNAC, AEI, neo-conservatives and straussians, for all you have done to ensure that the 21st. centrury is a peace-less 100 years of war, violence, bloodshed and economic misery...

not on my watch! 01.Oct.2003 14:46

republic of cascadia citizen

> "We'll get better as we do it more often"

of course this is their mindset. they need to justify their parasitic existence. but there is a serious problem with their little plan, the next little crusade of theirs to going to cause two major backlashes:

1. massive civil unrest within the united states as a broke, tired and fed up citizenry is finally pushed too far and throws a wrench into the machine
2. massive retaliation from abroad as the non-western world unleashes its wrath against the neo-imperialist u.s., and our former western allies cut us off diplomatically and economically

i really don't think the neo-cons realize the full extent of discontent they have created domestically and worldwide. the people who are upset are REALLY PISSED-OFF and increasinly willing to do whatever it takes to reclaim their future from the hands of a small cabal of insane zealots.

and in the longer term, if the parasite continues to eat and destroy its host (economic base), it will eventually starve to death as well. one way or another, they are going to get more than they bargained for, as guerrilla tactics begin to be used against them in more places than just the middle east, and we all finally bring the front lines of this war to where they need to be: AT HOME.

Link 01.Oct.2003 17:04

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"Brent, can you give a URL or other ref to the LAT item you cite? Thanks."

Here is a link to a Normon Solomon article that mentions the LA Times piece. The relevant passage is below:

"But the fog of such rhetoric cannot hide destructive agendas. A lengthy mid-summer report in the Los Angeles Times concluded that top Pentagon officials 'are studying the lessons of Iraq closely -- to ensure that the next U.S. takeover of a foreign country goes more smoothly.'

A special assistant to Donald Rumsfeld was upbeat. 'We're going to get better over time,' said Lawrence Di Rita. 'We've always thought of post-hostilities as a phase' apart from combat, but 'the future of war is that these things are going to be much more of a continuum. ... We'll get better as we do it more often.'"

 http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1001-08.htm