Tuesday, January 30, 2007

'Time is Short' in Iraq, Commander Nominee Says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stabilizing Iraq will require "new and different actions" to improve security and promote political reconciliation, the Navy admiral poised to lead American forces in the Middle East said Tuesday.
Adm. William Fallon, at his confirmation hearing, also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it may be time to "redefine the goals" in Iraq.
"I believe the situation in Iraq can be turned around, but time is short," he said.
Fallon, 62, who currently is commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said he saw a need for a comprehensive approach to Iraq, including economic and political actions to resolve a problem that requires more than military force.
"What we have been doing has not been working," he said. "We have got to be doing, it seems to me, something different."

Just one more example of a military commander who disagrees with the Bush administrations, “optimistic” assessment of the situation in Iraq. I predict that this commander won’t last long in his job, since every military leader that has the common sense and audacity to speak up and voice an opinion contrary to our “delusional deciders” gets the ax in record time. Perhaps if Bush would let our military men do their jobs and form some new strategies for Iraq, we’d make some positive progress for a change.


Blogger People in the Sun said...

The only true positive progress will be to get out. We don't need to find new, innovative ways to win this war. The only way is out.

1/31/2007 2:53 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

I agree that yes, we need to get out, but I'm a realist and with Bush in office I don't see that happening any time soon, so meanwhile I think it would behoove us to make as much positive progress as possible. (Though I have serious doubts much progress can be made at this point.) Thanks for the comment.

1/31/2007 6:37 PM  

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