I had heard of the Gen. going for an alternative interaction With the Taliban for purposes of banishing the top leaders of Al Qaeda members beyond
some of the controversial boarders that the US has really no access to by means of air or troop deployments with out an in-depth consideration of
these said Governments and their approvals.
I guess the one thing that sticks in my Craw is , "If we do get the Taliban to side with us, knowing their past history of how they feel about the US
being capitalists and the real terrorists, how could we possibly trust they wouldn't leak out future deployment operations or status of troop
placements by someone in the Taliban that is extremist against the USA occupation?"
October 30, 2008 · Gen. David Petraeus, who once led U.S. troops in Iraq, becomes head of the U.S. Central Command Friday. That position
includes responsibility for the war in Afghanistan. Petraeus already has endorsed reaching out to less-extreme Taliban elements. He also is expected
to send more troops and air power to support the war in Afghanistan.
There is a long list of Gen. Petraeus's (hopeful] accomplishments, but the real out comes of these ideas has yet remained as idea's to be seen as
factual and/or doable.
"If you had the luxury of a peacetime environment," Fallon says, "you could focus on long-term strategies and have a reasonable time to
phase them in. But CENTCOM is pretty hot. You become in many ways a hostage to current events."
And this is what I am talking about, there is a strong possibility that there are those of the Taliban that would play allied just to be in the
"Circle" to do more harm than good for the US troop's.
Though Gen. Petraeus has his mindset to win this war is it possible he is getting too brave with his powers of being the head of such military
operations of this magnitude and is jeopardizing the welfare of our troops?
High Profile Creates A Backlash
He also displayed some of the traits that have made him unpopular among some fellow officers, including intense ambition and competitiveness,
qualities that have earned him the nickname "King David."
Knowing that Centcom is the basic beating heart of the US force engagements, what would happen if it turns out we were being duped into thinking that
the Taliban was "Totally" in agreement with the US's ideas of infiltration and extermination of Al Qaeda representatives of the areas in
Gen. Petraeus is now in a position of this power and has pretty much indicated that he wants to go through with this uniting of the US and the Taliban
Gen. David H. Petraeus, who most recently served as commander of multi-national forces in Iraq, will assume command of Centcom, which is at
MacDill Air Force Base, in a ceremony scheduled for Friday.
Though there has benn much Hub-bub over the advent of the Centcom construction since Gen. Petraeus's inauguration back in September of this year, it
is still a far cry from being the attempt of absolute surety or even for that matter a congregation of people in total agreement with it's publicly
announced creation of up and coming ideas for the strategies of the war on terrorism.
Petraeus team to review CentCom
In addition, some of those involved worried that if the initiative became public too quickly, “people could get their knives out and try to
undermine this thing,” the source added. “There could be the suspicion that this is kind of a military takeover of policy, which it’s not. The
idea is to take enduring interests and policy, and then figure out how to be more effective at applying a whole-of-government approach to the problem
sets across the [area of responsibility].”
This particular idea of Gen. Petraeus does have it's good aspects, and at the same time there are those of the committee that have their doubt's as
well. Though very ingenious of it being brought to light by the Gen., there would be very hard and very , how should I say, "Compromising" scenarios
if this idea were to go south.
“We all know what needs to happen,” Nagl said. “The question is whether we’re going to commit the resources required to resource the
“It validated some things, it brought other things to light,” the officer said. “Not all the recommendations were taken at face value,
but it’s very useful to have those kinds of, so to speak, external looks to bring new ideas [and] new sets of eyes onto the problem.”
US Air Force Brigadier General Robert Holmes had made a statement on a US military website sometime back, and there was one line in the rebuttals of
his statements that really caught my eye. I have been staying undivided about the Gen. Petraeus instituting the Taliban as allies, but I still have a
bad feeling about the possibilities that lay wide opened for a possible counter intelligence being created by the Taliban that are still very much
capable of hatred towards the USA.Even though this was back in 2007, the stable or most promising act would be to follow protocol as it was already
set. I am not being paranoid,I'm looking at the eye's of the poker player's and knowing what I have in my hand..
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Robert Holmes, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
Foreign Press Center Briefing
New York, New York
May 24, 2007
Now, in having said the security operation continues, we see successes, I would be disingenuous with you if I said that, yes, there is still violence.
We see violence that we want to assist the Iraqis in curbing because that is essential that we do that.
In Afghanistan, NATO remains committed. Their operations are well underway in continuing to route and engage the Taliban, which creates the conditions
for continued development and reconstruction and the economic development of Afghanistan as that nation also stands up its very fledgling
"Their operations are well underway in continuing to route and engage the Taliban?"
That doesn't sound as if there is a good representation of possibly recruiting them as an ally, by no shot in the dark. ....IMHO
So, I don't know if I am the only one to feel this way, but there should be some concerns as it begins to unravel itself for possible realities of
our troops and national securities of our military strategies.
"So, what do all you military and political gurus think will happen, whether we do or don't incorperate the Gen. strategy into the war on
If the government of Afghanistan, as they have now publicly expressed the desire to, wishes to step up its reconciliation efforts with the Taliban,
that is their prerogative,'' Geoff Morrell said in Washington yesterday. Omar, because of his support for al- Qaeda ``has the blood of thousands of
Americans on his hands. We do not reconcile with al-Qaeda.''
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