posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 01:03 PM
Good points by all.
I think Petraus has got a strategy that, if implemented fully, stands the best chance of sucess of any I have heard. He seems to be one of those
Generals that see things on all the levels of the battlefield; tactical, political, and Strategic. Where was he earlier?
The biggest threat out there is that their are really two insurgent camps still. There used to be three but the Iraqi Sunnis seem to have co-opted
out of the insurgency for the most part. The Al Qaeda branch is being hit hard by the surge, forced to run and hide. The Shia branch backed by Iran
has just decided to lay low till the surge runs it's course. That will be the true test, curtailing the Shia militia's while bringing the Sunni's
into the political fold. There is a window for a relatively bloodless success as opposed to the Rwanda style "payback" that will go on if
reconciliation fails between the Shia and Sunni's of Iraq.
Quite honestly, Biden's proposal on Iraq has some good points in it. Not that it will fly with the Shia's. But even that entails a fairly strong US
military presence in Iraq to be achievable.
I notice that many of the "get the US out quick" camp don't seem to mind that we will basically be walking away from a potentially and likely
bloody genocide on both sides in Iraq. That part always shocks me. First they say look at all the death and destruction the U.S. presence brings and
then they are willing to turn a blind eye to the likely probability that even greater carnage will happen if we leave prematurely. Some kinda
disconnect going on there I guess. As long as US soldiers aren't there, it's ok I guess, for a genocide to occur. Weird IMO.
Just Imagine if a Presidential candidate spoke the truth. I do like some of Mcain's comments sometimes, at least he has convictions, Liberman too. I
might not agree with them but at least those two seem to believe what they say, rather than say what others seem to believe.