The Crystal Ball

From today’s USA Today:

A top U.S. commander is warning Iran and others against thinking they can exploit the U.S. military because its ground troops are fighting two major missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We can generate more military power per square inch than anybody else on Earth, and everybody knows it,” [Army Gen. John Abizaid, the head of U.S. Central Command]said. “If you ever even contemplate our nuclear capability, it should give everybody the clear understanding that there is no power that can match the United States militarily.”

But Abizaid said large operations are not the only way to win battles. He pointed to the recent battle in Fallujah, where 10,000 troops backed by precision airstrikes launched from U.S. ships provided overwhelming force. The U.S. military needs to be restructured to fight long wars against terrorists and insurgents over the next 20 years, Abizaid said.

If Falluja is the map for the road ahead, then it would seem that we’re on the road to the Baghdad airport.