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Monday, July 17, 2006

MILITARY LEADERS FORESEE IRAQ EXIT IN 2016




U.S. war commanders think some level of American forces will be needed in Iraq until 2016 and those forces will receive continued support from the vast majority of Iraqis.

***The Iraqi people already view the U.S. as occupying forces and occupying forces are not wanted no matter what they are there for. The Iraqi people have already made that clear!

At the tactical level, the U.S. is getting better at detecting deadly improvised explosive devises (IED's), especially using manned spy planes. But the enemy is growing more sophisticated. A raid on an IED factory earlier this year netted two bomb-makers who hold master's degrees in chemistry and physics---from U.S. colleges.

These were among the points made by Iraq war commanders at a closed-door conference last spring at Fort Carson, Colo., home to the 7th Infantry Division. Maj. Gen. Robert W. Mixon Jr., the division's commander, invited scores of retired generals and admirals in the Fort Carson area to hear the commanders and give them feedback.

Lt. Col. David Johnson, division spokesman, said the session was the second held this year at Fort Carson. A third is planned for the fall.

"The whole point is to share knowledge of what is going on in the Army today and to share ideas in an open forum," Col. Johnson said, The Fort Carson-area retired community has "a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience, and we wanted to tap into that," he said.

The seminar is just one example of how the Army is constantly re-examining how it conducts the war on terror in Afghanastan, Iraq and worldwide.

***Well, I hope that they are sharing their ideas with the Bush administration because they sure could use a lot of help since they continue to "stay the course" to nowhere!

Some say the military has a near-obsession with scrutinizing each and every mission and listing things that could have been done better. At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Center for Army Lessons Learned collects volumes of after-action reports and commanders' insights and turns them into "lessons learned" reports distributed throughout the Army.

***What good is this if the Bush administration isn't going to listen to anyone and "stay the course." And you can't scrutinize anything that this Bush administration does or you will pay, even if you are one of their own. Bush already thinks that he is getting a war plan from God, so what makes these people think that he is going to listen to them? It is because of the Bush administration's inability to listen to anyone but the civilian part of the military that has gotten us so deep into Iraq, that it's going to take us until 2016 to get out!

Out in the field, the commanders learn lessons on the spot. When Brig. Gen. Kurt Cichowski, chief of staff for strategy at the U.S. Iraq command, was asked earlier this month by reporters how the security crackdown in Baghdad was going, he answered, "I will tell you that there's an evaluation that is going on right now about the entire operaion that has started, and those are the kinds of lessons learned that we hope to tease out of what has happened in order to improve it for the future."

***That's no answer, considering we had the Vietnam War to look back on to help us not make the same mistakes in Iraq as we did there. What about those leassons learned? Iraq is a mirror image on Vietnam!

At Fort Carson, among the featured combat veterans was Col. H. R. McMaster, whose third Armored Cavalry Regiment gained fame by liberating the northern town of Tal Afar from foreign terrorists and Iraqi insurgents. The town's mayor, Najim Abdullah Abid al-Jibouri, penned an open letter in February thanking the Americn troops for his people's liberty. The mayor visited Fort Carson in May to pesonally thank the soldiers and their families.

***Wasn't that when Bush went on his P.R. tour trying to gain support for the war in Iraq? Doesn't anyone remember what happened to that town after Bush mentioned it?

One retired officer made notes and e-mailed his minutes of the session to other officers. The notes say there was general agreement on one issue: the "mainstream media" largely ignores progress. A commander said an embedded reporter filed a generally positive story on the operation in Tal Afar, only to see his stateside editors gut it and apply a negative spin.

***Being an observer of the court of public opinion, it seems to everyday people that the mainstream media is playing up the war! They are always trying to tell a good story and selling this idiot of a president! I think this retired general is wrong! But that's my own opinion!

In fact, editors have grown increasingly resistant to embedding reporters with combat units, something they demanded be done before the invasion in March 2003. The purported reason: They think contact with U.S. service members hurts the reporters' objectivity.

"They come to see the world through the eyes of the troops," said the retired officer's e-mail. Now, newspapers and magazines rely heavily on Iraqi stringers who telephone in reports from various combat scenes.

***They rely on Iraqi stringers because Iraq has gotten so dangerous, it is almost impossible for them to go out into the streets! One of our own U.S. representatives said that the first time he was in Iraq, he was able to visit with the troops out in the field. But the last time he went, which was recently, it had gotten so dangerous, that he wasn't allowed to go out of the green zone.

"We are clearly winning the fight against the insurgents, but we are losing the public relations battle, both in the war zone and in the States," said the e-mail.

***I think this general is full of beans! Does he ever look at the pictures that the public is "seeing!" Has he talked to the troops that are coming home?

Insurgent infiltration of the Iraqi Security Forces is also a big problem. A Green Beret caught a police lieutenant directing by telephone the placement of an IED so it would damage a coalition convoy.

***SO WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT LOSING THE PUBLIC RELATIONS BATTLE, GENERAL!


Source of Info: Washington Times.com
News World Communications, Inc.
Rowan Scarborough
July 17, 2006

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