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The Joint Campaign Plan - Flexibility For Iraq

Richard S. Lowry describes The Joint Campaign Plan, which "was developed and has been approved by the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and Multinational Force-Iraq as a top-level strategic planning document for both the Embassy and Multinational Force-Iraq missions." It is not a static plan, and is a comprehensive yet flexible one that "has both near-term and long-term goals in four critical areas--political, security, economic and diplomatic." The entire article is important reading. And, after sorting out various details, Mr. Lowry navigates an accurate summation mid-article in two essential paragraphs.

This unique conflict requires a unique solution. Colonel Boylan stated, "One way to end the conflict would be to let them fight it out. The other way is to negotiate a power-sharing agreement..." The Joint Campaign Plan is focusing on power-sharing and reconciling the reconcilables. The military element of the plan will deal with the irreconcilables.

Picture several guys fighting; none of them can stop or they risk getting "popped" by one of their opponents. Such is the case with the several competing factions in Iraq. Our forces have to reach in and separate them. Once that happens, other elements of coalition power can be applied. This is where the political, economic and diplomatic facets of the Joint Campaign Plan will come into play. By addressing each "fighter's" concerns in a secure environment, the plan aims to "convince them to stop fighting on a more-or-less permanent basis."

As they say of all 'required reading,' "Read it all."