|Tip O'Niel (one time US Speaker of the House I believe) is often quoted as having said "all politics is local". If war is an extension of politics by more violent means does Speaker's O'Niels saying still have meaning with its more violent cousin, and what does this mean (if anything) for the war in Iraq???
What I'm wondering is if the Surge currently being executed in Iraq continues to be succesful would the pacification program, by making many political gains at the local level in Iraq, render still more national dividends across Iraq given a few more months to maybe a year? The local changes could perhaps change the political landscape of Iraq to a degree that the central Iraqi government can make the political moves necessary to normalize relations within the various Iraqi communities thereby creating the Political environment required for accomidation between Iraqi communities and victory? A bottom up approach if you will.
Have to go now; see ya' maybe tommorow