US Joint Chiefs chairman General Martin Dempsey --
If successful, the [Anbar] base could be a model for further efforts in the country, the general said, likening it to a lily pad in a pond, with the base at the center and the lily pad being the range of security extending out. “Our campaign is built on establishing these ‘lily pads’ that allow us to encourage the Iraqi security forces forward,” the chairman said. “As they go forward, they may exceed the reach of the particular lily pad. We’re looking all the time to see if additional sites might be necessary.”
Just so long as that frog doesn't hop into Bashar al-Assad territory in Syria!
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