Saturday… 13 December 2008Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Beirut, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, India, Iran, Iraq War, Israel/AIPAC, Pakistan, WAR!.
April 5 2008: Competitive streak. Not to be outdone by two aides who each did a pair of pull-ups, Obama does three before stepping out to address the crowd at the University of Montana [ Callie Shell/Aurora for Time]
Some sweet nothings from the likes of Odierno and Gates:
BALAD, Iraq (AP) — Despite a summer deadline to pull American combat troops from urban areas, thousands will stay in cities to support and train Iraqis, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday.
Even with the mandate in the recently approved U.S.-Iraq security agreement, there have been suggestions some troops would not leave urban areas.
But Gen. Raymond Odierno was the first military leader to acknowledge some forces would remain at local security stations, as training and mentoring teams.
“We believe we should still be inside those after the summer,” he said the sprawling U.S. base in Balad, north of Baghdad before welcoming Defense Secretary Robert Gates on a brief visit.
Iraq’s prime minister upbraided his top government spokesman for saying some U.S. soldiers might need to remain in the country for many more years. “What was announced about the Iraqi forces needing 10 years in order to be ready is only his personal point of view and it doesn’t represent the opinion of the Iraqi government,” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a written statement Saturday.
It’s been clear since brigades and divisions of troops were reclassified from “combat” to “training” that we will die fully engaged, in a hail of shrapnel and fussilage, fully dressed for combat but called “trainers” and ”advisors”.
He [Odierno] added, “We don’t want to take a step backward because we’ve made so much progress here.”
“I can assure you that a change in administration does not alter our fundamental interests, especially in the Middle East.”
He said a few other things too… Not that any of it is news. I am reminded of how “managed” our presidents are. Even Eisenhower. From the version I have read, the reason he did not deliver his speech using his own preferred words, ”Military Industrial Congressional Complex” is that “senior Republican aides” removed the offending word.
The “aides” were senators and interested parties, would be my guess. And, Eisenhower, whatever one thought of him, came to the job with military experience, a general of the European campaign and VE day.