The Husband and I were talking about the retired generals who want Rumsfeld’s resignation. Here’s what The Husband has to say,
The retired generals who say that Rumsfeld sent too few US troops into Iraq to fully control the country are making a major strategic error: The US can no and does not want to control Iraq. That is a job for Iraqis. Having a lot more US troops in Iraq would not change this fundamental fact.
The fighting going on now is over the nature of Iraq qhen the US Army leaves. Will it be a society where all Iraqis have equal rights, or will it be a society where Sunni Arabes are a privileged minority?
Only Iraqis can win this war. The US can only do what it is doing, namely, give the non-Sunni Iraqis enough time to develop an army capable of keeping the Sunni minority from taking full control again. If the retired generals had been in control they would have concentrated on US troops “winning the war”, therefore insuring our ultimate defeat. Rumsfeld’s strategy insured that the US Army would concentrate on the task that will ultimately insure that the war is won, namely, training the Iraqi army.
Today’s Opinion Journal has an article on What’s behind the attacks against Rumsfeld:
Our point here isn’t to join the generals, real or armchair, in pointing fingers of blame for what has gone wrong in Iraq. Mistakes are made in every war; there’s a reason the word “snafu” began as a military acronym whose meaning we can’t reprint in a family newspaper. But if we’re going to start assigning blame, then the generals themselves are going to have to assume much of it.
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A recent article by former Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor for the Center for Defense Information details how the U.S. advance on Baghdad in March and April 2003 was slowed against Mr. Rumsfeld’s wishes by overcautious commanders on the scene. That may have allowed Saddam and many of his supporters to escape to fight the insurgency. General Abizaid also resisted the first assault on Fallujah, in April 2004, which sent a signal of U.S. political weakness. We don’t agree with all of Mr. Macgregor’s points, but it is likely that these Rumsfeld critics are trying to write their own first, rough draft of historic blame shifting.
My own position is that the generals’ move indicates a shift of control of the military away from civilian control, and that I don’t like at all.
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