(Login Dick Gaines) Forum Owner from IP address 18.104.22.168
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Date: Jan 3, 2007 2:49 PM
Subject: Fw: Capt. Patriquin's Plan for Iraq (U)
Capt. Patriquin's Plan for Iraq (U)
Interesting. Very tongue in cheek but might be a good idea depending on who the people fear the most, the "good" guys or the "bad guys".
Army Capt. Travis. Patriquin, 32, St. Charles, Mo., died last week when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle in the insurgent-dominated city of Ramadi in al Anbar province. Before he was killed Capt. Patriquin wrote a Powerpoint briefing that used stick figures to explain how the U.S. could tame al Anbar.
The briefing, which is funny, smart and a bit sarcastic, rocketed around the military. It suggested that U.S. troops only dimly understood the competing and ancient power structures in al Anbar province. The only way to stabilize the deeply tribal region was to build security forces made up of Iraqis from the area who could police themselves, he reasoned.
In one of the last slides, the American stick figured, who goes by "Joe," realizes that "if he'd done this three years ago maybe his wife would me happier and he'd have been home more." Unfortunately, Capt. Patriquin didn't make it home. – Greg Jaffe