President Bush told the 2008 graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday that the “only way America could lose the war on terror is if we defeat ourselves.”
Speaking on a cloudy day at Falcon Stadium, the president compared the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to America’s earlier conflicts, particularly World War II.
“Our nation is once again contending with an ideology that seeks to sow anger, hatred and despair: the ideology of Islamic extremism,” he said.
“In today’s struggle, we are once again facing evil men who despise freedom and despise America and aim to subject millions to their violent rule.
The man has serious issues with his ego but …we already knew it!!!
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended the top military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, be appointed head of US Central Command.
CentCom covers an area from the Horn of Africa into central Asia and includes all operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen Petraeus’s appointment is subject to the approval of the US Senate. He would replace Navy Adm William Fallon, who stepped down in March after a reported split with President George W Bush over his policy on Iran. An article by Esquire magazine, titled The Man Between War and Peace, said he was opposed to the use of force against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear activities.
After saying that everything is normal as usual in Iraq, now he’s going to get the central command?
Democratic opponents of US President George W Bush have accused him of putting off tough decisions on Iraq until after the presidential elections.
The criticism follows Mr. Bush’s announcement of a “major strategic shift” that includes suspending troop withdrawals after July. He says this would allow senior commander General David Petraeus to assess the next step in Iraq.
But his opponents say the people want answers from this president, now. The decision to halt withdrawals means the US presence in Iraq is likely to last well beyond January 2009, when Mr. Bush will leave office and whoever wins the November elections will take over.
Well they are right, aren’t they? He cannot take a decision the next president will be forced to honor against her/his policy!
The top US military leader in Iraq Gen David Petraeus has recommended a suspension of troop withdrawals after July to protect gains in Iraq.
Gen Petraeus praised “significant” but “uneven” improvements in security and said troop levels would need a period of evaluation in the summer. The general also condemned Iran for playing a “destructive role” in Iraq.
His comments came in a progress report on Iraq, which he and US ambassador Ryan Crocker are giving to Congress. They began by testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
So the failure must continue the next logical question is how many more dead bodies this …protection will coast and who’s going to take over the political coast! Definitely not General Petraeus.
The top US military and political officials in Iraq are due to deliver a progress report to Congress as Shia unrest in Iraq continues.
Gen David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are making their third report on President George W Bush’s “surge” strategy, announced in January 2007. It is taking on added interest because the three top contenders for the US presidential election will be present. It also comes after two weeks of violent clashes in Shia Iraqi areas.
After releasing their report, Gen Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker are due to testify before numerous committees. Among those due to hear their testimony are Senator John McCain, the Republican choice for the November election, and Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who are still battling for the Democratic nomination. The issue of Iraq has featured prominently in the Democratic campaign, with Mr Obama contrasting his opposition to the invasion to the support both Mrs Clinton and Mr McCain gave it.
And the report is …Sir we continue screwing up!!!
The US military has dropped all charges against one of the marines accused of involvement in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November 2005.
L/Cpl Stephen Tatum, 26, was about to face a court martial on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say that US marines indiscriminately killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, in the incident.
Five of the eight men initially accused have now had all charges dismissed. Jack Zimmerman, a defense lawyer for L/Cpl Tatum, said in a statement: “It became clear to the experienced prosecution team that the right thing to do was to dismiss all charges. “We believe the evidence shows that Lance Corporal Tatum reacted to an enemy attack the way he was trained to do.”
The US army is going to leave a lot of bitter feelings in Iraq, far away from the liberator feeling they were hoping for!