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Anti-War Generals?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The calls from many Democrats for a "phased withdrawal" from Iraq don't seem to be impressing the "anti-war" generals that have been critics of the Bush Administration, like Marine General Anthony Zinni.
Anthony C. Zinni, the former head of the United States Central Command and one of the retired generals who called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, argued that any substantial reduction of American forces over the next several months would be more likely to accelerate the slide to civil war than stop it.

“The logic of this is you put pressure on Maliki and force him to stand up to this,” General Zinni said in an interview, referring to Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister. “Well, you can’t put pressure on a wounded guy. There is a premise that the Iraqis are not doing enough now, that there is a capability that they have not employed or used. I am not so sure they are capable of stopping sectarian violence.”

Instead of taking troops out, General Zinni said, it would make more sense to consider deploying additional American forces over the next six months to “regain momentum” as part of a broader effort to stabilize Iraq that would create more jobs, foster political reconciliation and develop more effective Iraqi security forces.
Gen. Zinni isn't alone, either.
John Batiste, a retired Army major general who also joined in the call for Mr. Rumsfeld’s resignation, described the Congressional proposals for troop withdrawals as “terribly naïve.”

“There are lots of things that have to happen to set them up for success,” General Batiste, who commanded a division in Iraq, said in an interview, describing the Iraqi government. “Until they happen, it does not matter what we tell Maliki.”

Before considering troop reductions, General Batiste said, the United States needs to take an array of steps, including fresh efforts to alleviate unemployment in Iraq, secure its long and porous borders, enlist more cooperation from tribal sheiks, step up the effort to train Iraq’s security forces, engage Iraq’s neighbors and weaken, or if necessary, crush the militias.

Indeed, General Batiste has recently written that pending the training of an effective Iraqi force, it may be necessary to deploy tens of thousands of additional “coalition troops.” General Batiste said he hoped that Arab and other foreign nations could be encouraged to send troops.
In addition to the generals, at least one Clinton Administration civilian expert agrees, too.
Kenneth M. Pollack, an expert at the Brookings Institution who served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration, also argued that a push for troop reductions would backfire by contributing to the disorder in Iraq.

“If we start pulling out troops and the violence gets worse and the control of the militias increases and people become confirmed in their suspicion that the United States is not going to be there to prevent civil war, they are to going to start making decisions today to prepare for the eventuality of civil war tomorrow,” he said. “That is how civil wars start.”
For several months, the Democrats have been keen to tell us that we should be listening to these extremely wise "anti-war" military experts.

I wonder if the Democrats are listening to them now.
 
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I wonder if the Democrats are listening to them now.
Are you kidding? The Democrats never listened to these guys to begin with.

When your entire view of the political economy is predicated on the excercise of power—and you don’t have any—the only thing you concern yourself with is re-obtaining it. The Democrats heard "blah-blah, wanh wah blah fire Rumsfeld blah blah blah-blah-blah wah" and they ran with it.

yours/
peter.
 
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"Instead of taking troops out, General Zinni said, it would make more sense to consider deploying additional American forces over the next six months"

"it may be necessary to deploy tens of thousands of additional "coalition troops"

I will be interested to see if Bush considers this asking for more troops.
 
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