. . . Tuesday April 6, 2004

Clerical Errors

The U.S. is now making a major push to arrest (or perhaps kill) Iraqi cleric Muqtader Sadr before he can build an extremist following that becomes totally unmanageable. In addition to launching a successful operation, U.S. adminstrators also must worry (as always) about the possibility that getting aggressive with Sadr will only further complicate matters.

Meanwhile, U.S. military leaders in Iraq are calling for contigency plans that would include the deployment of more troops. This is an area where political goals cannot (but probably will) be allowed to outweigh military demands.

Concentration is important!