Yeah, they wrote their paper (PDF link) more than a month before his speech and, you gotta admit, they were completely right when they warned that (as the AP's Charles J. Hanley puts it) "armed resistance to an occupation would grow, a harsh American response would further alienate Iraqis, and establishing political stability would prove difficult," but they're hippies all the same. Just read some of this wacko stuff they wrote:
- It appears increasingly unlikely that U.S., Iraqi and coalition forces will crush the insurgency prior to the beginning of a phased U.S. and coalition withdrawal.
- It is no longer clear that the United States will be able to create (Iraqi) military and police forces that can secure the entire country no matter how long U.S. forces remain.
- The United States may also have to scale back its expectations for Iraq's political future.
- All future wars should have carefully planned exit strategies based on something other than best case planning for the future of the countries involved.
I mean just look at this one guy's bio. Apparently they left out that he's some sort of pansy terrorist sympathizer.
CONRAD C. CRANE is the Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Before accepting that position, he served with the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College, where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He joined SSI after his retirement from active military service, a 26-year military career that concluded with 9 years as Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). Dr. Crane has authored or edited books and monographs on the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and has written and lectured widely on airpower and landpower issues. Before leaving SSI, he coauthored a prewar study on reconstructing Iraq with W. Andrew Terrill that in?uenced Army planners and has attracted much attention from the media. Dr. Crane holds a B.S. from USMA and an M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.Terrible.