The Random Ruminations and Observations of a Curmudgeon

14 December 2005

Discretionary Funds and Counterinsurgency

Kevin Drum has a post detailing the Army’s tardy realization that a counterinsurgency strategy may be needed in Iraq. The post reminded me of stories from the very early days of the war. Unit commanders, captains and lieutenants, had access to funds with which to help local villages with rebuilding. I remember comments from the Army unit leaders about the good relationships that were developing. The stories were written at the point where the CPA was being organized and those discretionary funds were being withdrawn.

Perhaps that approach, which was working, should have been continued.