There is a very interesting article in The New Yorker about US strategy and politics in Iraq. A very interesting quote:

The only way we can win is to go unconventional. We're going to have to play their game. Guerrilla versus guerrilla. Terrorism versus terrorism. We've got to scare the Iraqis into submission.

Said by an American who has advised the civilian authority in Baghdad. I'm quite worried about the Terrorism versus terrorism part of it. Are we going to see US special forces launch suicide attacks and blow up car bombs? I think not, but I fear they'll be using really dirty tactics. But then again, so is their opponents, and it just might make sense from a tactical point of view.

Some guy named Boykin has been an important piece of the planned escalation:

In October, the Los Angeles Times reported that Boykin, while giving Sunday-morning talks in uniform to church groups, had repeatedly equated the Muslim world with Satan. Last June, according to the paper, he told a congregation in Oregon that Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army. Boykin praised President Bush as a man who prays in the Oval Office, and declared that Bush was not elected President but appointed by God. The Muslim world hates America, he said, because we are a nation of believers.

This is fucking scary!