And oh boy does a little retirement open mouths! The story is here. A couple of snippets:<br><br>[color:blue]“Too little and too late,” is the way Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, a former chief of the Central Command, described the effort to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The additional troops are intended to help pacify Baghdad and a restive province, but General Hoar said American leaders had failed to understand the political forces at work in the country. “The solution is political, not military,” he said.<br><br>[snip]<br><br>The American effort in Iraq has gone badly because the United States did not understand the consequences of deposing Saddam Hussein, said Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency. He said the principal beneficiary of the war was Iran and Al Qaeda, not the United States.<br><br>[snip]<br><br>One general warned that even a plan to start withdrawing American forces from the country carried the risk that the armed Iraqi population will step up the level of attacks. “We will be shot at as we are going out.” said Gen. Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the Army</font color=blue><br><br>That last one is a real kicker, I think.<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by yoyo52 on 01/18/07 01:32 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>“We will be shot at as we are going out.” <p><hr></blockquote><p>...and Malaki has asked for the guns that will be used to do just that.<br><br><br><br>
Last month: Chalabi Emerges In Damascus negotiating with Syria and Iraq on behalf of the US.<br><br><br><br>This week: Chalabi still in charge of de-Baathification in Iraq<br><br>"In an attempt to get the process moving, Bush used his televised address last week to call on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to embrace the reintegration of former Baathists. Maliki told Bush recently that he supports a revised de-Baathification law -- but the issue isn't in the prime minister's hands. It's still with Chalabi."<br><br><br><br><br>
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