George Will has a column on the rebuilding of Iraq that, so far as I can tell, lacks a point. He correctly notes that CIA and State Department resistance to the war and the use of Iraqi dissidents hurt the war effort, that it would have perhaps been better had the combat phase lasted a bit longer so that more of the forces now fighting as guerillas would have been killed in conventional operations, and that it would be nice if we could turn over the lower-grade security operations to Iraqis so that we can allocate highly trained American forces to rooting out the irregulars and terrorists. It’s unclear what he recommends we do about any of this, though.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.