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Summing Up My Feelings on the ‘Victory Strategy’

December 3, 2005

[updated on 12.4.05]
I know I promised to comment on the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq, but to be honest it isn’t worth the effort and I don’t know if I have the strength. Those who read this blog are intelligent enough to see the Victory Stratey for what it is–a transparent attempt to mollify the administration’s critics and reverse the declining trend in public opinion for the war.

The ‘strategy’ is simply a collection of regurgitated, vapid platitudes that offers nothing in the way of original strategy and fails to outline the tactics necessary to achieve each element of the strategy (which is what is most important at this point–as even the most common of observers could come up with the tripartite strategy listed in the document–as well as the key element that has been lacking all along). I could go on and on, but that would be pointless in my opinion. A picture is worth a thousand words, and Ben Sargent speaks volumes–this editorial cartoon sums up my view, and I would guess the view of many:

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Petti is Associate Director of Insights and Analytics at Alexion . Previously, he served as Lead Data Scientist in the Decision Sciences group at Maritz Motivation and a Global Data Strategist and Subject Matter Expert for Gallup.