Wednesday, April 16, 2003

William Gibson makes an excellent point in his analysis of the U.S. success in Iraq. He's so gracefully brief that I'm not sure I can summarize in less space than he uses to make his point, but I'll give it a shot: Our success in Iraq was largely the result of small, autonomous units, which only works in societies in which the political leadership can trust the rank and file of the military, which means our new tactics may well only work in relatively free societies. Or, I would add, in organizations made up of fanatics.

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