23 September, 2006

Not winning hearts and minds

A pentagon report finds the insurgency is gaining support from Sunnis in Iraq. From ABC News:

"A confidential Pentagon assessment finds that an overwhelming majority of Iraq's Sunni Muslims support the insurgency that has been fighting against U.S. troops and the Iraqi government, ABC News has learned.

Officials won't say how the assessment was made but found that support for the insurgency has never been higher, with approximately 75 percent of the country's Sunni Muslims in agreement.

When the Pentagon started surveying Iraqi public opinion in 2003, Sunni support for the insurgents stood at approximately 14 percent."

There's a heuristic that when what you are doing is making things worse, it's a good time to try something else.

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