U.S. Army Stretched Thin in Iraq

Flashback: 2002 War College report predicted it all

Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol an area in Tal Afar, Iraq.
photo: army.mil
Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment patrol an area in Tal Afar, Iraq.

That, in turn, could prompt terrorists to "generate strategies to alienate Iraqis who are initially neutral toward a U.S. occupation." While any acts of terror against U.S. troops would "undoubtedly require a forceful American response," actions like that "seldom win friends among the local citizenry, [and] individuals alienated from the U.S. occupation could well have their hostility deepened or increased by these acts." It would take only a handful of terrorists, the report says, "to attack U.S. forces in the hope that they can incite an action-reaction cycle that will enhance their cause and increase their numbers."

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