According to CNN:
National security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a written statement reacting to Woodward's book, acknowledged the new strategy. Yet he disputed Woodward's conclusion that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq was not the primary reason for the decline in violent attacks.
Woodward told Larry King that while there is a debate over how much credit the new secret operations should get for the drop in violence, he concluded it "accounts for a good portion."
"I would somewhat compare it to the Manhattan Project in World War II," he said "It's a ski slope right down in a matter of months, cutting the violence in half. This isn't going to happen with the bunch of joint security stations or the surge."
The top secret operations, he said, will "some day in history ... be described to people's amazement."
Other than paying Iraqis to join militia groups and kill the leaders, I can't figure out what these secret operations are? Because if they are indeed taking out organizers of violence then normal weapon stock pile traps wouldn't work.
But what if weapons where planted and embeded with GPS tracking? You could take a bunch of AK-47s, and certain rocket launchers and embed them with GPS. Then the army looks for large clusters of the weapons in a given area, then does some snooping around and raids / bombs the group.
That’s a bit of a stretch but I can't figure out if the secret really is something "new" or if it’s just an old method reapplied finally in Iraq. Anyone else have any ideas?
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