Open Thread – Cordesman

This the Cordesman paper on Iraq.  This is an open thread.

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9 Responses to Open Thread – Cordesman

  1. Babak Makkinejad says:

    Cordesman had an earlier paper (circa 2002) about a possible war with Iraq.
    Its title was telling: “Preparing for a self-inflicted Wound”. Worth reading again.

  2. Eric says:

    Also Babak, a title only HIM could love:
    Revisions in Need of Revising
    Then, William Lind questions the strategic conceptualization of THE LONG WAR
    Finally, Jeffrey Record Spears the GWOT in it’s ‘Strategic Exposure’, as General Franks Might Put It.
    A veritable smorgasboard of PDF here.
    Will read yours this evening, Babak.

  3. jonst says:

    As a lawyer I guess this excellent summary, along with many others like it, reminds me of an endless indictment process. Or an endless bill of particulars, if you will. I’m ready to move on to the trial and, if appropriate, the sentencing phase of the matter at hand. Even if the trial only takes place in the political sense. See this Fall, hopefully.

  4. ali says:

    I’ve been reading Cordesman all through this war. He’s become bleak as winter in the last two months. Bad sign.

  5. ali says:

    “The GWOT as it has so far been defined and conducted is
    strategically unfocused, promises much more than it can deliver,
    and threatens to dissipate scarce U.S. military and other means over
    too many ends. It violates the fundamental strategic principles of
    discrimination and concentration.” Dr Record is correct but a PHD was not necessary to draw this conclusion.

  6. Eric says:

    A Link to Babak’s Preparing for a Self-inflicted Wound 10 pg fast PDF download:
    Also Cordesman Interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations:

  7. tequila says:

    Babak’s “Preparing for a Self-Inflicted Wound” is amazingly prophetic. Almost every single prescription was disregarded by the Bush Admin and the Pentagon, and almost every single one has come back to bite us.
    #5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 14 are especially telling.

  8. Hannah K. O'Luthon says:

    Cordesman does indeed present
    what amounts to an indictment,
    yet, as a good rationalist,
    he fails to frame it in emotionally charged
    criminological terms. What is
    at issue is much worse than
    a blunder, or even an unending
    series of blunders, it is
    a crime (to reverse Talleyrand’s
    bon mot).

  9. jonst says:

    I agree Hannah, hence my request for the ‘trial’.

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