An airstrike a day won't keep insurgents at bay.

Military analysis.
Oct. 24 2007 7:02 PM

An Airstrike a Day Won't Keep Insurgents at Bay

It might mean fewer dead Americans, though.

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The old adage about warfare—that it's easy to kill people, hard to kill a particular person—is doubly true of aerial warfare. And in counterinsurgency warfare, the consequences are counterproductive.

This leads to the critical question: How, in recent months, are the Iraqi people perceiving the U.S. military presence? How are they gauging the chance of success? Do they welcome the troops, or do they want them to leave?

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Correction, Oct. 25, 2007: The column originally stated that aircraft flew overhead and bombed the building. (Return  to the corrected sentence.)