Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on October 13th, 2006 1:58 pm by HL
Heres the latest from Bush’s quagmire/civil war in Iraq. There is a story from Solidiers for The Truth, a webiste by soldiers for soldiers. It seems that they have also ruled out the possibility for victory in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 15 people were killed in attacks Friday around Iraq, including the commander of a battalion of special Interior Ministry police and six women and two girls who were shot south of Baghdad.
The women and young girls were killed by unidentified gunmen on the western outskirts of Suwayrah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, police Lt. Mohammed al-Shammari said. Two other teenage girls were kidnapped, he said.
In Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, a bomb planted in the Interior Ministry police headquarters killed Col. Salam al-Maamouri, commander of the Scorpion police battalion, and his aide, while wounding seven others, police Lt. Osama Ahmed said.
Soldiers For The Truth
During that same two years, we have also heard from several retired Army and Marine Corps generals who informed the Congress and the nation at large that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been mismanaged from the outset and by no less a person than the Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld. This is the man who refused to provide sufficient force levels to both remove Saddam Hussein’s evil regime and then, after the conquest, garrison and pacify the country. From the beginning, troops on the ground were totally and completely ill-equipped in the way of body armor and the soft-sided vehicles they used to patrol in became nothing more than death traps and flaming coffins as insurgents used new and very lethal explosives to compensate for their numerical disadvantages.
Recently, Major General John Batiste, U.S. Army (retired) testified before the Senate’s Democratic Policy Committee. In his testimony, General Batiste rebuked the Defense Department and the Secretary of Defense for their ineptitude in planning, operational conduct of the war and the insurgency and dismissal of honest dissent. Lest anyone think that General Batiste’s comments were partisan in nature, be assured that they were not. As he testified before select members of the Senate, all Democrats, he pointed out to them that he was a life-long Republican, leading one to understand that his words were those spoken by a man concerned for the future of the Army he loved and the nation he had served for his entire adult life.
A 10-member bipartisan commission that is charged with assessing Bush’s Iraq strategy has reportedly “ruled out the prospect for victory.” The New York Sun reports:
A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.
Currently, the 10-member commission — headed by former secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush, James Baker — is considering two option papers, “Stability First” and “Redeploy and Contain,” both of which rule out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term.
The commission was established at the instigation of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), and was intended to “devise a fresh set of policies to help the president chart a new course.” Bush noted at his press conference this week that he “supported the idea” of the so-called Iraq Study Group and that he “looks forward to listening” to the commission’s recommendations. Among the leading options being considered by the task force is a redeployment plan: