A little bit of how the U.S. got serious in Iraq

It was in the Washington Post a few days ago:

The headquarters bustles like the New York Stock Exchange, with long-haired computer experts working alongside wizened intelligence agents and crisply clad military officers, say officials who have worked there or visited.
“The capabilities for high-end special joint operations that exist now only existed in Hollywood in 2001,” said David Kilcullen, a terrorism expert and adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Data gathered in a raid at midnight — collected by helmet-mounted cameras that can scan rooms, people, documents and cellphone entries and relay the pictures back to headquarters — often lead to a second or third raid before dawn, according to U.S. officials.

I believed that it might be years before even some of this became known, but there it is, at that link, some of it.

Richard Fernandez explains how the tactical side worked as part of the comprehensive surge strategy.

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