posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 12:20 AM
Washington/London: United States President George W. Bush suffered a serious rebuke of his wartime leadership on Monday when his Army Chief said
he did not have enough money to fight the war in Iraq.
General Peter Schoomaker, exposed concerns within the U.S. military about the strain of the war on Iraq, and growing tensions between uniformed
personnel and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld.
The criticism comes amid an unprecedented show of defiance from Gen Schoomaker. "It's quite a debacle,'' said Loren Thompson, a military analyst
at the Lexington Institute thinktank. "Virtually everyone in the army feels as though their needs have been shortchanged.''
Gen Schoomaker's defiance gives a voice to growing concern within the military about the costs of America's wars, and the long-term strain of
carrying out operations around the world.
© Guardian Newspapers Limited 2006
So where is the war heading? None of the objectives have been met so far, which are:
> Spread of 'Democracy' in the Middle East.
> Bringing the whole Middle East within the American sphere of influence.
> Regime change to install a pliable government.
> Gain monoply on Middle East oil starting with Iraq. This would have two objectives, ie., having access to and stockling strategic oil reserves, and
in the process helping American oil companies.
But so far, none of these objectives have come to fruition. And the situation is getting worse by the day.
> Terrorism has gained strong roots in Iraq and speading to other parts of the World.
> Iraq has descended into civil war and the Sunni - Shia divide has reached alarming proportions.
> Security Forces are no more fully in control of the situation.
> American troops are now starting to get pschologically affected which may have long term consequences.
> The fatigue factor in troops has set in, affecting their operational effectiveness. So more troops are being pumped in. The vicious cycle cycle will
continue probably till the situation becomes untenable militarily as well as economically. What then?
$80 billion of tax payers money this year for prosecuting the war in Iraq. But Humvees don't even have spare tyres!! Where did the money go?
And then there's Afghanistan........and Iran....and Syria.....and North Korea..Damn! The list seems endless.