I guess it’s just startling when a representative of the Bushies tells the truth somewhat…
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, President Bush’s nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel yesterday that the war in Iraq is taking a heavy toll on the U.S. military, warning that American forces are "not unbreakable" and stressing the need to "plan for an eventual drawdown" of troops.
Appearing in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mullen, 60, acknowledged that the increase in U.S. forces cannot continue past April 2008 under the military’s current force structure. He also cautioned that Iraqi political reconciliation is not keeping pace with security improvements.
Unless the Iraqi government takes advantage of the "breathing space" that U.S. forces are providing, Mullen said, "no amount of troops in no amount of time will make much of a difference."
See, this is the point. For some reason, the Bushies seem to envision that when the United States goes into a country with guns blazing, everyone else cowers in fear and does our bidding.
I’d like to welcome Bush into the reality-based community, but I’m not sure he’s ready to join quite yet.
Without a political initiative, military operations are pointless. Even during World War II, getting rid of the Nazis was only step 1. There had to be a plan for what to do after the Nazis were defeated.
That’s why the Iraq occupation has always been such a boondoggle. We got rid of the Saddam regime, but we followed it up with four-plus years of "Now what?" There are three very distinct factions inside Iraq, and until the needs of all three are reconciled, there can be no peace and security. There could be a million US/UN troops inside the country, and there would still be loads of violence, because there is no military component to the problems over there. Until you get all three sides talking, and figuring out how to live together, and to live with their neighbors, there will be no peace.
Got that, Bushies?
You created a perpetual civil war from relative peace. And guns will not solve the problem.