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Top Pentagon General: Civil War Possible in Iraq

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Posted on Aug 3, 2006
Gen. Abizaid
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CENTCOM commander Gen. John Abizaid testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Aug 3.

Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told a congressional committee this morning that “the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I?ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and ... if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.”


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Today, Gen. John Abizaid, the Commander of the U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iraq may be on the brink of a civil war, noting that the violence in Baghdad was worse than at any point since he assumed command in July 2003.

LEVIN: The British ambassador made the following assessment. According to USA Today, the British ambassador to Iraq ? it?s Mr. Patey I believe ? P-A-T-E-Y ? has warned that Iraq is descending towards civil war and he said it is likely to split along ethnic lines and he has reported as predicting that Iraq?s security situation could remain volatile for the next 10 years. Do you agree, General, with the ambassador from Britain to Iraq, that Iraq is sliding toward civil war?

ABIZAID: I believe that the sectarian violence is probably is as bad as I?ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.

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By cognitorex, August 4, 2006 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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WHEN THE SHIA STANDUP, WE’RE SCREWED
We all know the expression “When they stand up, we’ll stand down.”
On or around Valentine’s Day 2007 the Shia will have sufficient forces under arms to feel confident that they can dominate, decimate and destroy the Sunnis.
This being so, they will ask/tell/demand American forces to withdraw in order that they may proceed to dominate, decimate and destroy the Sunnis.
Given that they will, the Shia, pop the question to Mr Rumsfeld, et al, it begs this question.
“Donald, you love irony and sarcasm, what exactly are you going to respond when the Islamo-radicals ask you to withdraw so that they can slaughter the secular Sunnis?”
Perhaps they’ll phrase it this way. Thanks for the guns and uniforms. And by the way, yes, this is a civil war you silly, silly man, you friend of Zion. Now leave.
Oh irony, if you don’t move to protect and empower the very Sunni forces you came to disempower, then Iran (i.e. the Shia) will control Iraq and become an abutter to Israel.
“When they stand up, we’re screwed” is now the message staring the world in the face.
St. Valentine’s Day it will be.

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By karla, August 3, 2006 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment
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Gee, Ya think?

I get such a kick outta these guys.  I remember marching the weekend before the PentaBush ignored America and invaded Iraq.  Why was I marching?  Well, could it be that Iraq is an artifical country that really contains three tribal groups of people who only hung together because a vicious dictator was in charge?
I think that Bush should do the country a big favor and trade places with a White House janitor.  The average citizen can do a better job than he can.  Of course, he’d probably snort Ajax and - wait a minute. Yeah.  THAT’s how we can get rid of this moron!!! ... Well, it’s not a worse plan than some they’ve come up with.

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