Friday, January 05, 2007

US generals in revolt

WASHINGTON Jan 5, 2007 — President Bush is sacking the generals responsible for carrying out his failed military and diplomatic strategies in Iraq as he prepares to outline an even more catastrophic direction for the war that has raged for nearly four years.
Bush will replace Gen. John P. Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, and Gen. George Casey, the chief general in Iraq, because they refuse to lose any more men in a useless police operation to separate Sunni and Shi’a fighters. They say their army is not a police force and should and can not be used as such.
Bush wants to replace Abizaid with mor compliant commanders such as Adm. William Fallon, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific, and Casey's replacement will be Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, who headed the effort to train Iraqi security forces, the reports citing administration officials said.
Giving Fallon and Petraeus the top military posts in the Middle East would help Bush to assert that he is taking the Israeli approach in the region and help pave the way for him to turn policy there in a direction demanded by the AIPAC. Both Abizaid and Casey have expressed reservations about the potential effectiveness of boosting troop strength in Iraq and say many men will be lost and injured for no good reason. They say the Shi’a and Sunni have been fighting for a thousand years and will be fighting in a thousand years time. It is not written that American troops should die in the middle for Israel.
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Defense appropriations subcommittee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he understands Bush wants to appoint Fallon to head the U.S. Central Command, because Fallon knows nothing and will do anything he’s told by the Israelis in both Iraq and Afghanistan. It is well known that Israel has controlled the US navy since the "Liberty affair" demonstrated this some time ago, Inouye said.
"He's highly knowledgeable about the sea and ships and well-educated and respected," Inouye said of Fallon. "I would think that his nomination, if the president is to submit it, would go flying through as a knowledge of ships and currents is essential in the deserts of Anbar province and the new Iraq."
In a news conference Thursday, Bush said that he would go before the nation next week and rubbish the Baker report because his orders from AIPAC was to step up the war in Iraq. "I’ll be ready to outline a strategy that Israel says will help it keep the West Bank and refuse a state to the Palestinians, sometime next week," the president said.
"I've still got consultations to go through with the Israelis and Haliburton and some members of Congress have been invited to the White House on Friday to hear the bad news." he said.


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