Stanza 172


"As you must know, the surge is under way.
While many troops are here, they cannot play
Their parts quite yet, and other units still
Aren't in the theater. Meanwhile, we will
Be forced to fill the gaps by transferring
Some units to locations suffering
From terrorism's constant violence.
Our hope is to reduce the incidence
Of IED and suicide attacks,
As well as to negotiate some pacts
With tribal leaders, who are currently
Unable to maintain security
Without allying with Al Qaeda. Your
Report makes clear that nothing more
Can be accomplished by your presence here.
We have no doubt the tenth could persevere,
But your battalion's orders are to join
The first brigade. The first has practiced COIN
In Anbar province with such strong results,
That the insurgents lessened their assaults.