Save The Cheerleader, Save Iraq

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From The Washington Post:

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals — including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former U.S. attorney general and a military expert on the Vietnam War sharply critical of its top commanders — in an eleventh-hour effort to reverse the downward trend in the Iraq war.

[Emphasis mine]

What?  Where’s the cop who has the power to hear other people’s thoughts?  How about the Japanese guy who can time travel?

I guess it is good that the military is — finally — getting some input from knowledgable people, some of who are actual dissidents of the Iraq War effort.  But seriously, one of these guys got on the A-Team because he won an essay contest!  I’m not kidding:

Lt. Col. Douglas A. Ollivant caught Petraeus’s eye last year by winning first prize in an Army "counterinsurgency writing" competition, sponsored by the general, with an essay that scorned the U.S. military’s reliance in Iraq on big "forward operating bases." "Having a fortress mentality simply isolates the counterinsurgent from the fight," he wrote.

Anyway, I wonder if they get to wear costumes.