With the cutrrent situation overseas, read through this and post your responses. Below is what a group of businessmen have put together and are wondering wether or not it should be sent to uncle Tony Dont confuse the post with squaddie slating or anti war propaganda Enjoy:- The current situation in Iraq is complex. It is clear that the population are not welcoming the invading forces to the same extent as was expected. There are substantial forces opposed to the USA (not necessarily Iraqi) both in Iraq and also coming to Iraq to fight the USA. Even the situation Umm Qasr is imperfect in that mines keep reappearing although the Australian SAS keep clearing them. Currently there is a sandstorm that is perhaps expected to last up to 30-40 days (notwithstanding the fact that the US weather predictors predict the cessation of the storms in 2-3 days). It is expected that Saddam's forces will use the sandstorms to reorganise and attempt to attack the supply lines of the coalition forces. The T55s were sacrificed to allow other units to be moved. The 120 tanks that broke out of Basra are thought to have been a feint. The US taking a further airport with 1,000 troops in the Kurdish north was for show for the US people. They already have 12 and this was further in the free Kurdistan than those they already hold. The us have obtained $75bn and the UK £1.5bn to further the war, but that is only for 30 days activity. In the mean time the US are charging airstrikes costs against the UK's budget. The key to this is the objective of the campaign. The UK Armed Forces believe that they are in Iraq to help the Iraqis, but for various reasons the Iraqis are resisting them. It is quite clear that every civilian Iraqi death causes further anti-coalition sentiment in Iraq. Furthemore the perception that the US are not invincible and can be resisted is strengthening the resistance. The proposal that would be suggested strategically at this point is as follows: a) Go Firm with defensible territory. Aim to stabilise the areas currently controlled by coalition forces. Ensure that the Iraqis living in those areas are well looked after. Hold very early local elections (1-2 week timescale) for advisory councils to move the governance of those areas into Iraqi hands. b) Bring in the United Nations. Part of the difficulty lies in the antagonism against the USA and coalition forces. Bringing in the UN gives an alternate direction. c) Stop bombing the cities. It achieves nothing and can be counter productive. d) Bring in some Iraqi opposition forces and listen to their advice. e) Put in a strategy to handle the unravelling of the regime through gradual movement away rather than the use of dominant military force. The point about the above is from a humanitarian perspective fewer people will die. From a WMD perspective the coalition can ensure anything that goes through Northern Iraq or Southern Iraq is inspected. The Deepwater port is in coalition hands so transshipments can be inspected. From a miltary perspective it is a clearly attainable objective.