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By Kenneth M. Pollack

In A swap in Time Kenneth M. Pollack and the Iraq coverage operating team of The Saban middle for heart East coverage search to supply an alternate, finished strategy for American process in Iraq. they start with the belief that even supposing the present U.S. technique in Iraq is encountering huge problems and looks not likely to provide a good Iraq in the subsequent to 5 years, the choice proposed by means of a few Bush management critics—a fast withdrawl—would additionally no longer serve U.S. pursuits. whereas many considerate specialists and policymakers have tried to supply a pragmatic 3rd plan of action, none have to date succeeded in doing so. This file poses the sort of technique.

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S. and Iraqi forces must make a greater effort to protect critical infrastructure, including oil pipelines, roads and the electrical grid. Protecting infrastructure is best accomplished by a combination of regular patrols, checkpoints and other fixed defenses, sensors, passive barriers and quick-reaction forces. Oil pipelines and their pumping stations are the easiest to guard. Passive barriers, usually fences, with embedded sensor technology can be run along either side of a pipeline with quick reaction forces standing by and guarding key nodes like pumping stations.

The Sunni Arabs, Shi’i Arabs, and Kurds in the northwest who support reconstruction are not dominant. However, there are also a number of arguments that mitigate against leaving the northwest entirely out of the initial pacified zone, even if extending that area some degree of protection would have to come at the expense of areas of the southeast that appear to be much better candidates for initial inclusion. 24 Moreover, this is reflective of the far more heavily mixed population of the northwest.

Targeted offensive actions would need to be accompanied by restraint. We should maintain a high threshold for action lest we slip back into the misguided practice of major military sweeps in western Ir aq. 20 Secon d , southeastern Iraq accounts for roughly two - t h i rds of Ira q’s oil produ cti on . Th i rd, the s o utheast is the most heavi ly pop u l a ted regi on of Iraq after Ba gh d ad and a COIN pri ori ty is to make people feel safe, rather than making terri tory safe . Last, the sout heast is the home of a nu m ber of the stron gest and most d a n gerous militi a s .

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