All quiet in Bagdad

From today’s Washington Post, Bush Team Stands Firm on Iraq Policy:

Cheney, discussing the situation in Iraq, where 158 American troops have been killed and 856 wounded since Bush declared major combat over on May 1, said, “We’re making major progress” against the resistance, adding that there are fewer attacks against U.S. troops. Attacks have shifted to “soft,” non-military targets.

“The fact is, most of Iraq today is relatively stable and quiet,” Cheney said. He defended his earlier prediction that U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators, arguing that “I think the majority of Iraqis are thankful for the fact that the United States is there.”

Guillen’s 1973 “Strategy of the Urban Guerrilla” :

In urban warfare, unless all of a town has taken up arms, small military endeavors should not be undertaken to seize posts, arsenals or other large objectives. It is better to draw out the revolutionary spirit of the people with small and repeated military actions until they willingly enter into battle, or rather until there are no neutral parties in the revolutionary war.

Can Cheney really be three decades behind on military strategy?

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