Monday, February 05, 2007

Smart Warriors: Let's see if education can help prosecute Iraq II

General Petraeus in Karbala, Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Jason L. Austin, United States Army. 6 April 2004.

General David H. Petraeus, the new US military commander in Iraq, is a well educated, smart guy. And he's assembling a core of like-minded senior leaders for the military push in Iraq.

From Thomas E. Ricks in the Washington Post:
Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals -- including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former U.S. attorney general and a military expert on the Vietnam War sharply critical of its top commanders -- in an eleventh-hour effort to reverse the downward trend in the Iraq war.

Army officers tend to refer to the group as "Petraeus guys." They are smart colonels who have been noticed by Petraeus, and who make up one of the most selective clubs in the world: military officers with doctorates from top-flight universities and combat experience in Iraq.
The general is putting together an eclectic cadre of senior leaders; let us hope that the brainpower has the military muscle to actually implement their tactics and strategies.

This might be a great way to figure out if professional military education is worth the money the government sinks into it.

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