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US General Says Troops Must Stay In Iraq At Least Until Summer 2008

Maj. Gen. Richard Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, says that if the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq is reversed before the summer of 2008, the military will risk giving up the security gains it has achieved at a cost of hundreds of American lives over the past six months.

“It’s going to take through (this) summer, into the fall, to defeat the extremists in my battle space, and it’s going to take me into next spring and summer to generate this sustained security presence,” he said.

So much for the temporary surge folks. Of course, what the good general declines to notice is the fact that this useless and misguided war has already cost the lives of over 3500 US personnel. All of them gone for no reason other than to increase the cash flow of Boy George’s benefactors. Of course, Iraq has been great for the terrorists. I mean, where else could they get all the practical information and experience needed to combat, sabotage, and destroy civiliain infrastructu re so easily?

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8 Responses to “US General Says Troops Must Stay In Iraq At Least Until Summer 2008”

  1. This pic seems to bear out your thoughts Ken:(hope it shows up.)

  2. If we don’t stay till next summer the Iraqi parliament might not be able to take their summer vacation

  3. What the hell do you people want. We have generals that fight wars and you think you know better than them how do so. All you arm chair generals, including Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden either need to shut the hell up or become generals so they can run their own war.

  4. Then explain why the generals are saying the same things we did Manapp?

  5. Mannapp:Wars are political entities to suggest that generals by themselves are somehow capable of  setting policy is either very naive or simply willful ignorance.  This administrati on has gone through a succession of generals each time looking for a parrot. 

  6. Having lived through this crap once and having read the past failures of occupation by other nations, I see no need to go through this again. Then there is this .and this Indeed, when General Eric Shinseki told Congress in
    2002 that we would need almost 400,000 troops to ensure a short and
    peaceful occupation, Administrati on officials said he was wildly off
    the mark and quickly forced him into retirement. Earlier this year,
    when General Casey conceded that U.S. forces were stretched, the
    Pentagon rushed to issue a clarifying statement. And when 6 former
    generals who worked closely with Secretary Rumsfeld called for his
    resignation, the president wasted no time reiterating his unyielding
    support for Mr. Rumsfeld.   

  7. Charlie, who is talking about setting policy. This is about General Lynch saying what he sees as needed to succeed in his sector:
     
    "“It’s going to take through (this) summer, into the fall, to defeat the extremists in my battle space, and it’s going to take me into next spring and summer to generate this sustained security presence,” he said."
    I say the congress and other critics should give deference to what the man in charge of his troops on the ground is saying. Can you not see how the politicians here are trying to micro manage the war from Washington based on what the polls say? Politicians being politicians and seeing only as far as the next election is, well…politic s. I just suggest that if you want to win a war, they need to be ignored. If THEY wanted to win the war, they need to shut up. While free to say any thing they want, it is clear that they have another agenda besides winning the war. The general is only saying what he sees as necessary to carry off his part.

  8. Since General Lynch has not been fired we can deduce only one thing. That he is echoing the administrati ons policy. This administrati on only listens to the military if it agrees with it’s agenda. This war has been run by politicians since it inception.

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