US Iraq chief warns of long war

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6285156.stm


    .and we didn't have a so-called friendly Government working against us either.
     
  2. Maybe not actively so - but there were rumours of Charls haughey running guns across the border back in the '60s, and it was not until much later (I cannot recall the date) that the Eire gummint formally dropped their constitutional claim to the 6 counties.

    When they did that, it sent a very clear "IRA - we are not behind you" signal for the first time ever.
     
  3. Is there ever going to be any end to the complicating mutations of this one?

     
  4. Name one counter insurgency that didn't take a long time to sort out without resorting to eradicating the population...
     
  5. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Malaya, Oman, Kenyan mau-mau......
     
  6. Indonesia
     
  7. What about Ireland, gents?

    1969-2007. Long haul, that.
     
  8. Hmmm ... the 13 colonies?
     
  9. All the places mentioned took at least least two years or more to wrap up... not exactly swift campaigns under the best of conditions.
     
  10. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    ..which is half the time we have already pi$$ed away in I-raq....

    Why are amazing revelations being hailed as new? Did no-one bother reading the intelligence summaries from GW1 :?
     
  11. In a word.

    No.

    Not where it mattered, anyway.
     
  12. Too many Tom Clancy afficianados amongst the decision makers unfortunately... in his books technology and SOCOM make quick work of the opponent and the locals happily embrace Western democracy. Idealism trounces rational debate...