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10 More Years In Iraq, We Must Stay So We Can Leave

by BobHiggins Thu Aug 12th, 2010 at 11:39:54 AM EST

Originally posted at my site Bob Higgins

Before I had a chance to finish my first cup of coffee this morning I was swatted with the news (from Al Jazeera) that Iraq says we "must stay until 2020."

This shocking news came from Lieutenant General Babaker Zerbari and therein lies the crux of the problem. Zerbari is a Lieutenant General and Iraq's most senior military officer.

We send Lieutenant Generals out for coffee and donuts in the morning. We have Bird Colonels sharpening pencils and Major Generals escorting defense lobbyists to strip clubs.

The Iraqis obviously know nothing about running a military operation and haven't been paying attention these last seven years.

Why they would expect to get significant results, the record of victories that our military leadership is known for with such junior people running the show is beyond me.

Zerbari says that his forces aren't ready to take over, this in spite of our years of rigorous training and the payment of countless billions of dollars to every level of Iraq's military just to get them to fall in at roll call in the morning.

Zerbari says that our withdrawal will increase instability in the country and heaven knows the last thing we want to be responsible for is an unstable Iraq.

This will almost certainly put a glitch in our plans to leave Iraq before Labor Day.

"At this point, the withdrawal is going well, because they are still here," Zerbari told the AFP news agency on Wednesday.

"But the problem will start after 2011 -the  politicians must find  other ways to fill the void after 2011. If I were  asked about the  withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the US army must  stay until the  Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020."

Get it? In order to have a proper and orderly withdrawal we have to stay.

This is what happens when you put junior people in charge.

Bob Higgins

... the US army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020 US Empire dies and the US fragmants.

Just a little injection of reality.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Aug 13th, 2010 at 04:50:45 AM EST
The very model of a modern major general . . .

The most shocking part of that announcement, to me, was not that it was made, because of course the U.S. presence in Mesopotamia is all part of the multilayered eternal war machine, but that it caused so little stir in what passes for media in the US these days.

We have always been at war with Eastasia.

by Mnemosyne on Fri Aug 13th, 2010 at 06:04:57 PM EST
How to stop the war: re-institute the draft. Which has never officially gone away, incidentally.
by asdf on Fri Aug 13th, 2010 at 10:18:23 PM EST

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