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US Gets New Training Manual With Lessons Learned From Iraq & Afghanistan

Reported by Donna - October 5, 2006 -

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith he spoke about a new training manual that was coming out, that relied on the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan to guide it. The manual was the first new manual put out by the U.S. military in 20 years.

Some surprising lessons learned have been brought forth.

Apparently the new strategy warns against overly aggressive raids and mistreating detainees and focuses on protecting civilians and helping out local security forces.

Comment: Smith spoke with Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution who said that it was about time that one had been released and that it was a good thing.

If you look at the new strategy it includes everything that we have done wrong in Iraq. We've had many overly aggressive raids (think Fallujeh), we've been involved in mistreating detainees (Abu Ghraib) and with the 10's of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians and us disbanding the security forces when we first got to Iraq, I'd say this is a manual that must say everything we did in Iraq -- was wrong.

This wasn't pointed out in the interview, but I'm pointing it out now. I, too, think it's a good thing that we've come out with a new training manual for counterinsurgency, too bad it took 6 years of mistakes by this administration for us to get it.