Back in the Dark Ages of the Iraq War, 2007, the president decided that he would send more troops into Iraq to help with security for Baghdad and Anbar province……the general at the time, Patreues, also conned the tribes of Anbar into working with the US and to stop the advance of the AQ backed insurgency.
Using the tribes was a novel idea….of course they were promised things like protection, weapons and most important money for their help with the problem.
I relive this part of the war history because it was a stroke of genius and that I do not understand why the technique has been abandoned.
We, the US, could be using tribes in several conflicts to do some of the lifting…..across the Middle East tribes are the central aspect of life…..so why not try to duplicate the small successes we have had in the past……
For instance in Yemen…where the US has had an on-going battle with AQAP…why not turn to the tribes that do not like AQ……some thoughts on the subject….
Then there is Syria and its array of tribal connections…can the tribes work on the aftermath?
Some say no……
I keep harping on trying to find a new plan….I would say this idea would be considered a new plan….well at this time anyway….it had been a success…It could be again.
What we got to lose?