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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Semper Fi
Billmon has a great post about the "hearts and minds" approach that US Marines intend to take as they move in to occupy a portion of Iraq, and how it contrasts with the "shoot and ask" (as in "shoot first and ask questions later") approach that the Army has been using. Some Marine officers are apparently quite critical of the Army approach, and even some Army officers think the Marine approach will work better. Billmon points out that it's a difference in methods dating back to Vietnam, where the Army approach failed and the Marine approach wasn't given much of a chance.