Monday, October 03, 2005

U.S. generals : 'U.S. forces are fueling the insurgency'

WASHINGTON — The U.S. generals running the war in Iraq presented a new assessment of the military situation in public comments and sworn testimony this week: The 149,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq are increasingly part of the problem.

During a trip to Washington, the generals said the presence of U.S. forces was fueling the insurgency, fostering an undesirable dependency on American troops among the nascent Iraqi armed forces and energizing terrorists across the Middle East

For all these reasons, they said, a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops was imperative.

American officials backtracked on their expectations of what the U.S. military can achieve in Iraq months ago. But this week's comments showed that commanders believe a large U.S. force in Iraq might in fact be creating problems as well as solutions.

"This has been hinted at before, but it's a big shift for them to be saying that publicly," said Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution in Washington. "It means they recognize that there is a cost to staying just as there is a benefit to staying. And this has not really been factored in as a central part of the strategy before."

The generals' comments reflect an evolving outlook that senior military officials and even Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld have articulated in recent months. The battle against Iraqi insurgents will not be won by the U.S. military, they have said, and the insurgency will persist long after U.S. troops have left.

My View , well its about time , maybe we are getting closer to looking at options that could actually work , I hope so

Source: LA Times


Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

Golly, what made them finally notice the obvious?

October 03, 2005 8:24 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Hehehe , thats only half the job K.ron , we now have to convince the political masters that pull the strings

oh ..

a few more years to go then

thanks for visiting as always :-)

October 03, 2005 8:49 pm  

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