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Letter From Eastie

News and other items from East Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 28, 2004


I wasn't sure if the headline for this article should be "Duh" or "WTF?" As you can see, I decided that it had to be "WTF?" I've come to the conclusion that the people in charge of this administration and in charge at the Pentagon are really and truly certifiable. This little excerpt will give you an idea of why:
Hawks push deep cuts in forces in Iraq

By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | November 22, 2004

A growing number of national security specialists who supported the toppling of Saddam Hussein are moving to a position unthinkable even a few months ago: that the large US military presence is impeding stability as much as contributing to it and that the United States should begin major reductions in troops beginning early next year.

Their assessments, expressed in reports, think tank meetings, and interviews, run counter to the Bush administration's insistence that the troops will remain indefinitely to establish security. But some contend that the growing support for an earlier pullout could alter the administration's thinking.

Those arguing for immediate troop reductions include key Pentagon advisers, prominent neoconservatives, and some of the fiercest supporters of the Iraq invasion among Washington's policy elite.

The core of their arguments is that even as the US-led coalition goes on the offensive against the insurgency, the United States, by its very presence, is stimulating the resistance.

"Our large, direct presence has fueled the Iraqi insurgency as much as it has suppressed it," said Michael Vickers, a conservative-leaning Pentagon consultant and longtime senior CIA official who supported the war.

Retired Army Major General William Nash, the former NATO commander in Bosnia, said: "I resigned from the 'we don't have enough troops in Iraq' club four months ago. We have too many now.". . .

--Boston Globe


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