Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Abizaid's bullshit

Abizaid’s bullshit.

Nov. 15 Washington -- General John P. Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said today he remains ``optimistic'' that the U.S. can stabilize Iraq.

``I am very encouraged,'' Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington. He said that, while the level of sectarian violence remains ``dangerously high,'' it is ``not nearly as bad as it was in August because the Shi’as have chased most of the Sunnis out of their areas''.

``The key to stabilization is effective, loyal, nonsectarian security forces which cannot exist now in Iraq coupled with an effective government of national unity which is a pipe-dream,'' Abizaid said.

''Iraqi forces can’t take control, even if we provided more manpower and resources into their training and embrace'', he said.

Just how you embrace an Iraqi with a rocket propelled grenade he did not explain.
''And there will be no aggressive Iraqi-led effort to disarm illegal militias because the militias are the Iraqi security forces,'' he said or should have said.

''The failure to stabilize Iraq won’t increase Iranian aggressiveness in the region as they already control Southern Iraq up to and including Baghdad, Abizaid said. He also said changes to U.S. strategy may be needed, but he cautioned against setting caps on the number of U.S. troops in Iraq or timetables for their withdrawal because Israel would not agree. ''


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