It looks like the boys on the ground disagree with the suits at CENTCOM. Excerpt from Article: U.S. Military Is Split on Insurgency Strategy The divergence is over how best to use troops: spread out at small camps among residents or concentrated at big bases away from cities. By Solomon Moore and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers May 13, 2006 HADITHA, Iraq â In the region around Qaim, a northwestern Iraqi town near the Syrian border, Marines are fanning out from their main base and moving into villages as part of a new strategy to root out insurgents who enter the country here. The troops have set up 19 small base camps throughout the area and begun routinely patrolling insurgent hot spots north of the Euphrates River. The deployment follows a strategy favored by a new generation of counterinsurgency experts: disperse, mingle with the population and stay put. But the shift comes as the Pentagon appears to be moving the overall U.S. military effort in the opposite direction across much of the country. Army units are being concentrated in "super bases" that line the spine of central Iraq, away from the urban centers where counterinsurgency operations take place. The two approaches underscore an increasingly high-profile divergence â some say contradiction â on how best to use U.S. forces in Iraq, and are evidence of a growing debate in the upper ranks about the wisest course of action.