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Posted on Feb 6, 2007

The Pentagon has had it with picking up the slack from civilian agencies in Iraq, grumbling its concerns to the president and even Congress. The military has been forced to fill jobs that otherwise would be performed by civilians, mainly from the State Department, which, unlike the Army, can’t force people to work under the nightmarish conditions it helped to create.


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Senior military officers, including members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have told President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that the new Iraq strategy could fail unless more civilian agencies step forward quickly to carry out plans for reconstruction and political development.

The complaints reflect fresh tensions between the Pentagon and the State Department over personnel demands that have fallen most heavily on the military. But they also draw on a deeper reservoir of concerns among officers who have warned that a military buildup alone cannot solve Iraq’s problems, and who now fear that the military will bear a disproportionate burden if Mr. Bush’s strategy falls short.

Among particular complaints, the officers cited a request from the office of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that military personnel temporarily fill more than one-third of 350 new State Department jobs in Iraq that are to be created under the new strategy.

At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Gates made clear that he shared the officers’ concerns, telling senators, “If you were troubled by the memo, that was mild compared to my reaction when I saw it.”

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By vet240, February 7, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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To the Pentagon, This one is simple.

Call The team of Rumsfield/Cheney and put in a requisition for some Blackwater agents. There only about $100,000 a pop and the RC team will get a cut of the action and throw a little back to the boys in the Pentagon!

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By Jim Yell, February 7, 2007 at 1:14 pm Link to this comment
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Did the administration think this was a football game? Everyone goes to the bar afterward to brag, slap backs and get on with life?

Among the stupid things that have never been done in war or thought of until this bunch of fools, was the idea you could use the military to take over a country and not have a government of occupation already organized and set to go. Discharging the military and government of the occupied country, without having any civil administration ready to function, nor even the plan for one is just so wrong. Bush/Cheney can blame voters, objectors and contrary Generals and other officers as much as they will, but the whole mess is their doing, they had more control than previous administrations, they can not be allowed to wiggle out of their responsibility. They are criminals, be it un-convicted. Impeach!

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By Quy Tran, February 7, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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Most of civilian agencies have close connection with Cheney and Condĩ Rice so they would make big profits.

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