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Bush’s military shakeup ahead of Iraqi policy shift places US command in fighting stance for possible confrontation with Iran and Syria.
January 5, 2007, 10:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile’s military sources: Adm. William Fallon, who takes over the Central Command from Gen. John Abizaid, is qualified for offensive operations, especially in naval and aerial combat. The new Iraq strategy which the US president is due to unveil next week - and is geared to victory rather than exit - could bring US troops into clashes with Iran and/or Syria in the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea or the eastern Mediterranean.
On the military side, Gen. David Petraeus, who compiled a new U.S. military manual on fighting insurgencies, with stress on understanding local norms, succeeds Gen. George Casey in command of American forces in Iraq.
DEBKAfile: Two new steps taken by President Bush support the revised Iraq strategy under development in the White House
January 4, 2007, 9:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
"The US president has decided to shift John Negroponte out of the job of National Intelligence Director after 20 months and appoint him deputy secretary of state, as weighty backup for Condoleezza Rice. The USS John C. Stennis strike group will this month join the USS Dwight Eisenhower aircraft carrier group and USS Boxer strike force in the Persian Gulf “as a warning to Syria and Iran.”
DEBKAfile’s military experts see in the new deployment evidence that President George W. Bush has rejected the key Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group’s recommendation to engage Iran and Syria for an exit strategy on Iraq."
Originally posted by marg6043
I worry that Bush and his people will get into a desperate attempt to salvage what they may lose and get into a conflict with Iran.
Or we may be facing another major attack in the US to keep the war on terror going.