Bush to announce new Iraq Plan

Just_A_Mom

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Bush is in the process of building a new Iraq team.
We already know that Casey is out as commander of troops in Iraq, being replaced by Lt Gen Petraeus. Bush wants Adm William Fallon to head Central Command and John Negroponte as Deputy Secretary of State to handle Iraq Affairs.

Bush will announce his new blueprint for Iraq next week.
Anyone want to make any predictions?
 

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Just_A_Mom said:
Bush is in the process of building a new Iraq team.
We already know that Casey is out as commander of troops in Iraq, being replaced by Lt Gen Petraeus. Bush wants Adm William Fallon to head Central Command and John Negroponte as Deputy Secretary of State to handle Iraq Affairs.

Bush will announce his new blueprint for Iraq next week.
Anyone want to make any predictions?
I'll bite.

Nothing will change other than the players. The game remains the same, as will the score. The US needs a big military footprint in southeast Asia and Iraq is the place. Unfortunately there is great cost involved in maintaining our presence there, but the cost of abandoning such a strategic location is probably higher.

As far as 'nation building' or helping the fledgling post-Saddam government consolidate power and legitimacy while maintaining a democratic form, that in my humble opinion is a lost cause. Pat Buchannan said it best: "A constitution doesn't make a country. A country makes a constitution."
 

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We have to stop the insurgents and their civil war. More US troops in harms way. Back off the training of Iraqis, more troops in Iraq, more of those troops actually fighting. Quell the insurgency. Then go back to the original turnover plan.

The Negroponte "reassignment" has got me buffaloed. I can't figure it out.

Admiral Fallon is a great choice for CENTCOM. He is a superb leader. I know him personally and our sons' flew together in the same squadron several years ago.
 
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All I know is that the Democrats have been in charge of the Congress for 24 hours, and we still do not have an exit strategy, a balanced budget, or an increase in ethics among politicians.

They have 76 hours to go. :rolleyes:
 

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When talking about training the Iraq people to secure their own, I'm gonna voice something I notice & wonder about & see if you guys do as well. Is it just me or is it that every time you turn on the news and its about Iraq, does it seem like most of the television shots are guys sitting around all day in their coffee houses with their water pipes? Is there some kind of afternoon siesta over there that I'm not aware of? A high tea perhaps? Hate to sound so sarcastic but I wish they would provide some news shots of more than 10% working at building schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, ect. You know..... working.

Just wondering..... :rolleyes:
 

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General Patraeus was in charge of training the Iraqis for a year. I hope he does a better job now than he did with that assignment.
 

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Me too. Just a little disgruntled that things haven't progressed further. Training our military seems to go 110% better. Their miltary doesn't seem to be motivated to stay & work towards a better future. Maybe I just can't find any upbeat news stories of late on the progress. The unemployment isn't getting any better. I'll blame it on the violence to some degree. Nothing can get better until that is under control. I agree with USNA69 that it must be stopped. Maybe if we cut off their coffee supply, they couldn't sit around & chit-chat over what to blow up next......
 
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