This quote fully covers the gap between insurgent innovation and US/Iraqi state innovation -
You’re seeing drug-related crime rising significantly. You’re seeing common robberies and assault happening much more regularly. You’re seeing rape increasing. You’re seeing a lot of those issues, a lot of those problems, that happen in the large city spreading throughout the rest of the country. It’s something that goes beyond the traditional scope of counterinsurgency operations.
Matthew Sherman just returned from a two year tour advising the Iraqi Interior Ministry.