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.What kind of “program” would enable us to identify and kill Al-Qaeda leadership? Paying off informants? Offering amnesty and then shooting them when they show up? A bait and switch boat sale? A huge butterfly net?
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.
The top secret operations, he said, will "some day in history ... be described to people's amazement.
Oh, wait. I know what it must be. Our military has invented the Tantalus Field.