You are going to have to get a critical mass of soldiers there. You are going to have to get a reassuring presence on the ground. I would guess that if you issued a challenge to the generals: "I want Baghdad to be safe. Come back to me with a plan," I think what they would say is that the only way to do it is if we get many, many more street patrols. This is not about armored vehicles. This is about having people on virtually every block. You are going to have to engage every one of these local governing councils that we have all over the city. Get them cell phones. Get them early warning systems. Put every capable Iraqi you can find there so that you are not surprised by roadside bombs.
Somebody has to place a roadside bomb. We are only picking up the pieces afterwards. Put that as the challenge. Say, "Look, I want to see a sequence where in the next three months we are going to see Baghdad safe, and the Shiite holy cities are going to be safe. And I don't want to have the feeling that there is non-stop trafficking of new people into Falluja. I want to shut that town down."
You know, in the history of warfare, everyone knows how to surround a city. It is not a sophisticated concept. But you need people to do it. So if we don't have enough people there, then we are going to have to shift them around and move them faster or get more people there. Maybe the only way to solve this dilemma is to bite off a piece of time until you start a winning streak. And right now, we don't have a winning streak.
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9 de octubre de 2004
Mejorar la situación en Bagdad
Frederic D. Barton, codirector del Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), contesta en una entrevista con el Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a una sencilla pregunta: ¿Cómo haría de Bagdad un lugar más seguro?
Por Sergio a las 14:53