Whatever you believe about the war in Iraq (or war in general), this new program sounds fascinating. Two quotes in particular struck me:
"'It is a wonderful example of American ingenuity solving a problem in war, as we often have,' Woodward said."
"The top secret operations, he said, will 'some day in history ... be described to people's amazement.'"Part of me is just relieved to hear "American" and "ingenuity" used in the same sentence again.
For all it's bureaucratic faults, the US military has become very good (if slow) at adapting, especially to the new sort of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's a testament to American military commanders. When I served, the AARs (After Action Reviews) we had to do after every trip outside the walls was painstakingly tedious. But it sounds as if all those AARs are finally working. My hope is this somehow saving the lives of civilians and combatants alike, though terms like "Manhattan Project" and "secret killing program" may undermine that hope.
But yeah, back the "American ingenuity". Americans invented flight, the automobile...most of the innovations of the 20th century. American ingenuity is one of the things that makes me most proud to be an American. The US military has grasped the necessity of reinventing in a new world. Here's hoping our country as a whole gets the same message.
The chants Rudy Giuliani sparked of, "Drill, baby, drill!" at the Republican National Convention don't help.