By now, the Pentagon has a mile-high stack of reports plus a passel of generals like Petraeus, Sattler, Metz, Casey and likely a dozen others. So there's something the commanders in the field don't know? So what makes Gen. Luck so special that he is called out of retirement for a crucial mission? Rapid Dominance Concepts.
Briefly, RDC is total knowledge of self, adversary and environment; rapidity; brilliance in execution; and control of environment...exploiting the entrepreneurial nature of the American character and the extraordinary advances in technology. ..and may be brought to bear at any time either before or after hostilities have begun.
It looks to me like RDC some sort of will-triumphing, spoonbending, dragonball, voodoo, kung-fu, Sun Tzu secret weapon in which Rummy believes and that he expects will deliver a victory over the insurgency. But what about the demoralized, worn-out, homesick bunch of 34 year-old geezers who have to fight the campaign? Or is this the battle plan for the spanking-new Iraqi Army?
Which brings me to the plan for the end-game. I get the feeling that a deal has been struck between the USA and the Iraqi Shi'a, who are set to win the 30 January elections. If our troops do anything, it's keeping the Sunni off their backs. But there are powerful contrarians, like Syria, Jordan and Turkey, who are not pleased by the prospect of Shi'a dominance. It's a high-wire act that is likely produce unimaginable, complex scenarios.