Bringing a measure of stability to Iraq would be no mean accomplishment. "Liberation" has been a wretched experience for many Iraqis, and they deserve rescue from their tragic suffering. The Petraeus team, surveyed here is sharp group of possibly innovative thinkers. Those that I know in the group impress me as enemies of dogma and top-quality strategists. Even so, the internal structural challenges they face will be be very hard to overcome, especially given the broader policy environment in the Middle East where the Bush adminstration seems bent on confrontation with Iran, which, as a result, is provided incentives to impede rather than cooperate with U.S. efforts in Iraq.
Officers With PhDs Advising War Effort - washingtonpost.com