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Petraeus to Pitch Troop Reduction Plan

Posted on Aug 15, 2007

Preparing for his September check-in with Congress about the status and future directions of the Iraq war, Gen. David Petraeus hinted Wednesday at plans to gradually downsize the U.S. military presence in Iraq by next summer.

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But he cautioned against a quick or significant U.S. withdrawal that could surrender “the gains we have fought so hard to achieve.”

Gen. David Petraeus said the “horrific and indiscriminate attacks” that killed at least 250 Yazidis, an ancient religious sect, in northwestern Iraq Tuesday night were the work of al-Qaida in Iraq. That would bolster his argument, he said, against too quickly drawing down the 30,000 additional U.S. troops deployed in the first half of the year.

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By DennisD, August 16, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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The “truth” from anyone remotely connected to the Bu$h regime - when pigs fly. I’ll be counting my hen’s teeth while waiting for the Petraeus/Rove/Kristol/Cheney report that says we should leave before Bu$h does.

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By cyrena, August 16, 2007 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

•  #95374 by Novista on 8/16 at 6:29 am
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I’m not sure Petrasaur will have any input to the WH spinreport. He might have said, “I’ll tell it like it is” and now has nightmares of fragging. Or friendly fire ...
I’ not sure I understand the ‘drawdown’ option. Could someone explain how fewer U.S. troops will be safer or the situation more stable?
I think the only answer is: No Troops Left Behind.
And, you would be right!! That’s the only answer, and it’s been the only answer for 4 ½ years. The only other correct answer was never to have been there to begin with.
And, there is no such thing as a “drawdown” option. It is the mere presence of the US military that has destroyed that nation. It is the presence of US contractors and all of the others that are there for the purposes of stealing whatever they can get. It is the fact that the US has turned Baghdad into it’s own capitol of the Middle East. All of these things have and will continue to drive the chaos that is Iraq. The only chance, (if there is one) has always been for us to LEAVE.

If this is any indication of what Patreus is planning for next month, (and that’s what I would suspect, since that’s been the deal since the beginning) it’s just more BS to make it sound like we’re withdrawing, when in fact they have no such intentions. And, several others have noted that as well.

It’s just the same ole shit.

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By mackTN, August 16, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

Over 1 million Iraqis have died since we invaded this country.  I don’t know how many Saddam Hussein killed, but surely we have exceeded that number.

Nearly all have seen their lives destroyed and they live in fear daily without reliable basic services—electricity, water, etc. 

We won’t allow them to emigrate here for some reason—probably because we’ve promised 20 million illegal aliens citizenship—so those who can get out are at the mercy of bordering countries—who don’t want them either.  Or maybe because they would tell the truth about what’s happening over there.

No wonder we never hear any “man in the street” interviews from locals praising our presence, assuring us that life after Saddam is glorious under our occupation.  And remember, as Bush pointed out, they’ll be able to participate in free elections!

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By rodney, August 16, 2007 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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Patreas is another liar in a long list of liars in the Bush adminstration. No truth has ever come out of this presidency starting with election lie of 2000. The Ballless democrats allowed Bush to get away with illegal wiretaps a illegal war and replacing the constitution with the patriot act. Jail and torture wouls be only just for the terrorist regime of Bush Cheney and Rice

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By Novista, August 16, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

I’m not sure Petrasaur will have any input to the WH spinreport. He might have said, “I’ll tell it like it is” and now has nightmares of fragging. Or friendly fire ...

I’ not sure I understand the ‘drawdown’ option. Could someone explain how fewer U.S. troops will be safer or the situation more stable?

I think the only answer is: No Troops Left Behind.

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By PACRAT, August 16, 2007 at 3:36 am Link to this comment
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Petraeus was ordered by Bush to be the scapegoat for the mistaken and mismanaged invasion of Iraq. When the Petraeus report is released after it is sanitized and spun by this adminstration what resemblance will it have to reality? Why not ask a sample (not selected by DOD or anyone in the Administration) to validate the report.

Will the media be bought off again? Will the democrats allow themselves to be controlled again by the republicans in the publication of the report?

Stay tuned for the “miracle” report from a “non-miraculous” Petraeus - whose record isn’t that clean for starters.

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By Outraged, August 15, 2007 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment

It certainly seems odd that things are so much better in Iraq.  Especially on the heels of the news of one of the worst attacks there so far.  The article quotes:

“Gen. David Petraeus said the “horrific and indiscriminate attacks” that killed at least 250 Yazidis,...”

Then it goes on:
“When all the sudden the local people are on the side of the new Iraq instead of on the side of the insurgents or even al-Qaida, that’s a very significant change.”

Strangely odd, that “all of a sudden” the Sunni’s are switching sides, after being in a war-torn dictatorship since 1979. A decade-long war with Iran, after which Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, and then they themselves were invaded in 2003.  After all that they are SUDDENLY switching sides.

What’s wrong with this picture.

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By Enemy of State, August 15, 2007 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

farmertx is really on to things. Of course King David will talk about troop reductions, that reduces the political pressure to leave (since it gives the false impression we are starting to). And at the same time, troop reductions are inevitable, for all the reasons farmertx says. Even a draft wouldn’t do the trick, it takes a long time to train & equip new troops (unless we want to send them as unequiped civilians). So pretend to be withdrawing we will, while dragging out the occupation for yat another Friedman Unit…

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By farmertx, August 15, 2007 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

It will be interesting to see if he credits the WH speechwriter’s for his ‘speech/report’.
No doubt his thought that “our footprint will have to be much smaller by next year” is motivated by the realization that there aren’t enough troops to keep a presence in Iraq without a draft.
And a draft might snag some kids of the GOP elite; that wouldn’t do at all.
The idea that Shrub thought he could invade Iraq, anoint a new President of Iraq and have his people writethe Iraqi Constitution and that it would work, shows how little the Shrub comprehends reality.
But, when Shrub was dreaming all this up, God sent no lightning bolts into the WH, so obviously, God approved.
I’d still love to know how many times the Shrub was ever in a Church for regular Sunday Services before Der Karl cast him as Gods’ Chosen.
Remember when Billy Graham was asked about helping bring the Shrub to religion (as Shrub had claimed) Rev. Graham said that he had never really talked religion with the Shrub.

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By QuyTran, August 15, 2007 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Hey General,

“The gains YOU have fought so hard to acheive” are almost 4,000 U.S. troops died in vain and hundreds thousands of Iraqis have been killed…and the whole country is bathing with bloods and tears !

Congratulation !

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