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Temporizing

It seems the biggest problems we have in Iraq now, a suicide bomber-spewing Fallujah and Moktada al-Sadr, are the product of temporizing, of not fully taking care of these problems when they first came to a head. Of course, there were understandable political reasons that prompted us to pull up short in both instances, but it seems in the long run the political costs of letting these problems fester are much higher than taking care of them all at once. The New York Times, in an informative piece on the latest fumbling in dealing with Sadr, hits on another reason for out hot-and-cold tactics in Iraq–the differing operational attitudes of the go-get-them Marines and the more cautious Army.

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