Monday, April 23, 2007

One Thin Dime: More than it looks


One Thin Dime
Originally uploaded by citybumpkin.
Andy Ostroy says Harry Reid is "right."

I'm not so fast to claim all is lost, but I'll go back to a little something I've been harping on for a while: there's no way for any nation to win a conflict only using military force. One must successfully use all the elements of national power.

Shall we review?
  • Diplomacy.

  • Information.

  • Military.

  • Economics.
That's four legs. No three. Or two. Or one. Four.

I will go out on a limb, you can't successfully influence other nations -- in the long term -- without using the full complement of national power. And, further, I'll suggest that, indeed, all will be lost if we are not able to successfully implement the D, I, and E in Iraq.

As I've noted before: We seem to have forgotten that we succeeded in the initial military efforts; only when we want it to "stick" have we come to realize that one leg doesn't do the trick.

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