Just laughably stupid. What Barnett evidently doesn’t realize is that Sarah Sewall helped write the fucking Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual. Is FM 3-24 filled with “dovish idealism”? Remember what this dude wrote the next time anyone from the Weekly Standard tries to take Petraeus or Odierno into their tender mouths.
But you knew that already, didn’t you?
I like what Spencer has done here. Not only do these morons need to be pointed out as stupid, but they need to be insulted and derided and ridiculed in the process. In that vein, Glenzilla:
To commence the discussion to show us all “The Way Ahead” in Iraq, here is the very first thing that Fred Kagan said:
The first thing I want to say is that: The Civil War in Iraq is over. And until the American domestic political debate catches up with that fact, we are going to have a very hard time discussing Iraq on the basis of reality.
One has to watch the video to fully appreciate how pompously he sits there on his war throne issuing his decree about “reality” in Iraq.
Less than 24 hours after Kagan decreed the Civil War in Iraq over — and lectured Americans that we must accept this if we are to understand reality in Iraq — McClatchy News Service reported:
With Iraq’s top leaders directing the battle, Iraq’s army and national police pressed a major operation Tuesday to wrest control of the southern port city of Basra from the Shiite Mahdi Army militia. Fighting between government forces and the militia quickly spread through Iraq’s south and into Baghdad.
That is impressively wrong, even for Kagan, who, as Glenn notes, has made a lucrative career out of being catastrophically wrong, but very serious.