Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Chiefs Opposed to Surge

A story in today's Washington Post indicates that the Joint Chiefs are opposed to Bush's idea of a 'surge' in Iraq, and it provides some pretty negative reasons against the idea - which of course our Viet Nam defector pResident will ignore.

"At regular interagency meetings and in briefing President Bush last week, the Pentagon has warned that any short-term mission may only set up the United States for bigger problems when it ends. The service chiefs have warned that a short-term mission could give an enormous edge to virtually all the armed factions in Iraq -- including al-Qaeda's foreign fighters, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias -- without giving an enduring boost to the U.S military mission or to the Iraqi army, the officials said.

The Pentagon has cautioned that a modest surge could lead to more attacks by al-Qaeda, provide more targets for Sunni insurgents and fuel the jihadist appeal for more foreign fighters to flock to Iraq to attack U.S. troops, the officials said.

The informal but well-armed Shiite militias, the Joint Chiefs have also warned, may simply melt back into society during a U.S. surge and wait until the troops are withdrawn -- then reemerge and retake the streets of Baghdad and other cities."

Bush didn't listen to the advice of the military professionals when he wanted to start this war, he hasn't listened to them since, and I don't expect him to pay attention now. Let's see what happens - Nostradamnthem is predicting a few unanticipated 'resignations' (firings for those who need me to be more specific).

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