Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Tinkering with Tactics
Speaking about the Iraq Commission, a few generals had some feedback. I'm not a big fan of former four-star General Barry R. McCaffrey, but was intrigued by his comments this morning on the Today show. Here is what he said earlier after the release of the commission report according the Weekly Standard:
Barry R. McCaffrey, a retired four-star general, said in an interview that the overall concept of withdrawing American forces as the Iraqis built up their military capability was sound. But he argued that the specific recommendations by the panel raised a second problem: if American combat brigades were withdrawn from Iraq, the thousands of American advisers who remained might find themselves dangerously exposed, particularly if the fighting in Iraq grew into a full-scale civil war. The advisers could be killed or taken hostage.[my emphasis]
"They came up with a political thought but then got to tinkering with tactical ideas that in my view don't make any sense," General McCaffrey said. "This is a recipe for national humiliation."
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