Thursday, September 13, 2007

Troop Drawdown

General Petraeus just gave his report to Congress and suggested we begin removing troops to the pre-surge level. President Bush is expected to agree to that tonight.

I wish someone would point out the obvious irony here. A quote from Bush in 2006:
Remarks by the President at the 2006 President's Dinner: "An early withdrawal would embolden al Qaeda and bin Laden. An early withdrawal, before we completed the missions, would say to the United States military, your sacrifices have gone to vain. There will be no early withdrawal so long as we run the Congress and occupy the White House."
How is the current withdrawal proposal any different than what Bush railed against in the past?

Oh, right, it's because Bush is proposing it, so therefore it is good.

It's obvious our troops kick @ss, but as Petraeus knows they're not suitable for what they're doing in Iraq (because he wrote it in his PhD dissertation:
“…committing U.S. units to counterinsurgencies appears to be
a very problematic proposition, difficult to conclude before domestic
support erodes and costly enough to threaten the well-being of all America’
s military forces (and hence the country’s national security), not just
those involved in the actual counterinsurgency.”


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