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What Does Knowing “How to Win Wars” Mean?

With more US forces likely in Afghanistan, there’s increased concern from Oxfam and others about the risks of higher civilian casualties.

The US command invited NYT reporters to examine its targeting procedures to demonstrate how careful we are avoiding civilian targets. But the military also acknowledged that the targeting rules are "far more restrictive now in Afghanistan than in Iraq."

What does that mean for civilians in Basra and Sadr City when we provided air support for Iraqi forces two months ago? It means "we’re winning" because we know "how to win wars."

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John has been writing for Firedoglake since 2006 or so, on whatever interests him. He has a law degree, worked as legal counsel and energy policy adviser for a state energy agency for 20 years and then as a consultant on electricity systems and markets. He's now retired, living in Massachusetts.

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