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Duckenheimer
09-10-2008, 11:26 AM
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The dramatic drop in violence in Iraq is due in large part to a secret program the U.S. military has used to kill terrorists, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward.

Bob Woodward's book, "The War Within: Secret White House History 2006-2008," came out Monday.

The program -- which Woodward compares to the World War II era Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb -- must remain secret for now or it would "get people killed," Woodward said Monday on CNN's Larry King Live.

"It is a wonderful example of American ingenuity solving a problem in war, as we often have," Woodward said.

In "The War Within: Secret White House History 2006-2008," Woodward disclosed the existence of secret operational capabilities developed by the military to locate, target and kill leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent leaders.

National security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a written statement reacting to Woodward's book, acknowledged the new strategy. Yet he disputed Woodward's conclusion that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq was not the primary reason for the decline in violent attacks.

"It was the surge that provided more resources and a security context to support newly developed techniques and operations," Hadley wrote.

Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post, wrote that along with the surge and the new covert tactics, two other factors helped reduce the violence. Watch Bob Woodward explain the strategy ?

One was the decision of militant cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to order a cease-fire by his Mehdi Army. The other was the "Anbar Awakening" movement that saw Sunni tribes aligning with U.S. troops to battle al Qaeda in Iraq.

Woodward told Larry King that while there is a debate over how much credit the new secret operations should get for the drop in violence, he concluded it "accounts for a good portion."

"I would somewhat compare it to the Manhattan Project in World War II," he said "It's a ski slope right down in a matter of months, cutting the violence in half. This isn't going to happen with the bunch of joint security stations or the surge."

The top secret operations, he said, will "some day in history ... be described to people's amazement."

While he would not reveal the details, Woodward said the terrorists who have been targeted were already aware of the capabilities.

"The enemy has a heads up because they've been getting wiped out and a lot of them have been killed," he said. "It's not news to them.

"If you were a member of al Qaeda or the resistance or some extremist militia, you would be wise to get your rear end out of town," Woodward said. "It is very dangerous

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/09/09/iraq.secret/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

MISTERDUDE
09-10-2008, 11:29 AM
Lol, lets all discuss this secret program openly. See what a secret it is? :D

SeizeTheWeight
09-10-2008, 11:30 AM
Awesome.
Looks like a job well done.
Reduced violence in Iraq + dead terrorist scum = success

SeizeTheWeight
09-10-2008, 11:32 AM
Lol, lets all discuss this secret program openly. See what a secret it is? :D

Just because we know there's a secret doesn't mean we know what the secret is...
We know nothing about the details etc. so it's still a secret program
I know the CIA has a lot of secrets, but just because I know that doesn't mean they aren't secrets any more.

MISTERDUDE
09-10-2008, 11:36 AM
Just because we know there's a secret doesn't mean we know what the secret is...
We know nothing about the details etc. so it's still a secret program
I know the CIA has a lot of secrets, but just because I know that doesn't mean they aren't secrets any more.


I know, I just thought it was ironic :D I mean, come on, a SECRET program discussed on the internet? Boy someone did a good job keeping that away from the public!

majortrepak
09-10-2008, 08:56 PM
I like I CNN left out "terrorists" in the title

TDetroit
09-10-2008, 09:23 PM
amazing, it's so secret, only woodward knows about it. sure, let's include the enemy of all republicans in the plans made by republicans. very believable.

tenthirtytwo
09-10-2008, 09:24 PM
amazing, it's so secret, only woodward knows about it. sure, let's include the enemy of all republicans in the plans made by republicans. very believable.

Naa, the republicans on here have made it very clear that the war in Iraq was enacted and funded by a democratic congress.

Morbid_Mind
09-10-2008, 09:24 PM
He should stick to making bourbon.

slowteg
09-10-2008, 09:26 PM
they did the samething in nam.

Ausswolf
09-10-2008, 09:48 PM
secret? This was public news in the UK with their Defence showering praise over their SAS who worked with US SF in this operation.

Geno
09-10-2008, 09:53 PM
Can you say - "god damn we are dumber than a rock?"

slowteg
09-10-2008, 09:53 PM
this is why 9/11 was not an inside job.


the govermnet is terrible at keeping secrets

guym
09-10-2008, 10:04 PM
they did the samething in nam.

Phoenix programme. One thing that worked.

pleasesomeone
09-10-2008, 10:08 PM
secret? This was public news in the UK with their Defence showering praise over their SAS who worked with US SF in this operation.

not the same program in reference.

It's sort of not even news when you can't quantify it. I'm sure not many people were under the impression that the foxnews headlines of 21 yo standard Army Sergeant acting bravely under sniper was the only thing going on from an operational standpoint.


We're just another illegitimate superpower, like many in the past, doing whatever immoral **** it has to do to stay on top. We've made great strides in the free speech arena, but in the end, no better, no worse.