Iraq resistance growing fast
I’m noticing a trend. Everytime BushCo tells us how swimmingly things are going in Iraq, US troops get attacked even harder. Maybe this isn’t coincidence. Maybe Bush should shut up until he actually develops a coherent plan and should stop risking US lives with his empty-headed macho strutting.
Rebel war spirals out of control as US intelligence loses the plot
The ghosts of Vietnam are returning as Baathists, zealots, criminals, tribal leaders and al Qaeda unite in a deadly alliance of hatred.
Sharp disagreements are emerging between the US and the UK over the exact nature of the Iraqi resistance, amid warnings that the US is losing the intelligence war against the rebels.
After eight days in which Iraqi fighters have scored a series of major blows to the coalition and its Iraqi allies, intelligence and military officials in Iraq and on both sides of the Atlantic are at odds over whether they are fighting a Saddam-led movement or a series of disparate partisan groups.
The resistance is almost certainly a loose affiliation of various groups. There is no head to attack and cut off. The US military made the same mistake with al Qaida, assuming it, like they, have a central command with orders issuing from the top down. However, as many have pointed out, al Qaida is a network, there is no central hub. It’s not organized into a hierarchical pyramid, but rather is organized like something akin to the Internet.
The same is true of the fast emerging resistance in Iraq. It’s everywhere and nowhere, and has no central command that can be knocked out. But the clueless like Rumsfeld will continue to hunt for the (nonexistent) top of the pyramid anyway.