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Old 11-15-2006, 05:08 PM   #1
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Should we believe Americas Top General in the Middle East?

Or do we believe Washingtons new Democratic leadership?

WASHINGTON (Nov. 15) - The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Congress Wednesday against setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, saying it would impede commanders in managing U.S. and Iraqi forces. The assertion by Gen. John Abizaid seemed to put him at odds with some Democrats pressing the Bush administration to begin pulling out of Iraq. Abizaid spoke as the Senate Armed Services Committee began re-examining U.S. policy in the wake of last week's Democratic election victory, which gave them control of Congress starting next year.

In arguing against a timetable for troop withdrawals, Abizaid told the committee that he and other U.S. commanders need flexibility in managing U.S. forces and determining how and when to pass on responsibility to Iraqi forces. "Specific timetables limit that flexibility," the general said. Abizaid also said he believes U.S. troop levels, now at about 141,000, should stay steady but may have to rise temporarily to train and advise Iraqi military units. No reductions are adviseable until the Iraqi security forces become more capable of dealing with the insurgency, securing Baghdad and dealing with the Shiite militia problem, he said.
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Shhhhhhhhhh.... let's watch Nancy, Murtha and the kids take control and execute their "plan."

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. ~John Buchan
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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Don't take this as to endorse a pull-out...

But would you really expect anything less from a military commander?

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Old 11-16-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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Its unmanly to pull out.... even though we are losing sons and daughters, fathers and mothers for a good cause? Please.....

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Old 11-16-2006, 04:17 PM   #5
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All things considered, I think the General's words were simply a call for delay and nothing more.

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