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wmbrew0206 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 07:54 AM
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16. Absolutely Not.
Edited on Tue Jul-15-08 07:56 AM by wmbrew0206
This is ridiculous.

First, Combatant Commanders are not political appointees that are changed when a new President is elected. Once appointed they serve a three to four year term. No President has ever relieved a Combatant Commander just because he was appointed by the previous administration. If you don't believe me name one Combatant Commander that was relieved because a new administration wanted someone else in that job. Doing so, would create a very bad precedent. If you relieve Petraeus, will you also relieve Ordierno? He is the general now in charge of Iraq and backed up everything Petreaus said to Congress. If you relieve Ordierno, who else will you relieve?

Second, Petraeus probably knows more about what is going on in Iraq than anyone, except Ordierno. If Obama wants the troops out in 16 months, Petraeus and Ordierno are probably the only generals who can do it. You will need the head of CentCom and the general in charge of Iraq working hand in hand to execute the redeployment.

Third, as others have pointed out, Petraeus is probably one of the brightest and most capable generals we have right now. He was given an order to win the war in Iraq. He developed and executed a strategy that took Iraq from the brink of a civil war to the point that it looks like we can begin to withdraw our troops and do a peaceful turn over their responsibilities to the Iraqi in 16 months. If Obama tells him to develop a strategy to figure out how to get all of our BCTs and RCTs out of Iraq in 16 months, he take the order and do everything he can to execute that order.

The question you need to be asking is whether or not Obama will retain Gates as SecDef.
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  - Obama would face tough decision on whether to retain Gen. Petraeus babylonsister  Jul-14-08 07:44 PM   #0 
  - Get Rid of Petraeus and replace him with one of the Fired or  MadMaddie   Jul-14-08 07:47 PM   #1 
  - Good solution.  gateley   Jul-14-08 07:49 PM   #5 
  - Put the band back together! Starting with Colin Powell. n/t  IanDB1   Jul-14-08 07:56 PM   #7 
  - Eric Shinseki  rpannier   Jul-14-08 07:57 PM   #8 
  - It would be a demotion for Shinseki to take over CENTCOM.  tabasco   Jul-14-08 08:13 PM   #11 
     - Shinseki was not Chairman of the JCS.  wmbrew0206   Jul-15-08 07:41 AM   #15 
  - Great idea.  tabasco   Jul-14-08 08:10 PM   #10 
  - Yeah, that ought to inspire a lot of our two and three star generals.  wmbrew0206   Jul-16-08 06:33 AM   #26 
  - Boy, that's interesting. Never even thought of that.  gateley   Jul-14-08 07:47 PM   #2 
  - This is simple  bluestateguy   Jul-14-08 07:48 PM   #3 
  - Why Would He Want To Boot Petraeus?  MannyGoldstein   Jul-14-08 07:48 PM   #4 
  - He also has lied for this admin., lipstick on a pig. I remember  babylonsister   Jul-14-08 07:53 PM   #6 
  - Replacing military commanders for political expediency = Bad Idea.  cherokeeprogressive   Jul-14-08 08:07 PM   #9 
  - Replacing military commanders for lack of values = good idea.  tabasco   Jul-15-08 08:01 PM   #19 
  - He lied before Congress. Last I checked, that was considered perjury  Paint It Black   Jul-14-08 09:30 PM   #12 
  - Maybe because he's a SHILL, appointed by Bush to make Bush look better?  Hoof Hearted   Jul-14-08 10:39 PM   #14 
  - what's tough? he's a political hack  tishaLA   Jul-14-08 10:32 PM   #13 
  - Absolutely Not.  wmbrew0206   Jul-15-08 07:54 AM   #16 
  - Wtf are you talking about?  tabasco   Jul-15-08 08:15 PM   #20 
     - Dude, get a clue  wmbrew0206   Jul-15-08 09:59 PM   #24 
  - The question is what are Roxana Tiron's qualifications on the issue?  LiberalFighter   Jul-15-08 08:43 AM   #17 
  - Clearly she doesn't understand the issue that well since she can't even get her facts stragiht  wmbrew0206   Jul-15-08 08:56 AM   #18 
  - Give him (Petraeus) a week to file his withdrawal plan  kenny blankenship   Jul-15-08 08:22 PM   #21 
  - reading that article was a complete waste of time  madrchsod   Jul-15-08 09:20 PM   #22 
  - "quelled insurgent violence" - yet another lie from the media.  Zhade   Jul-15-08 09:21 PM   #23 
  - There are a whole bunch of honest generals who got retired early for not going along with Rummy....  Hekate   Jul-16-08 05:00 AM   #25 
  - In Clark's case  Thothmes   Jul-16-08 08:01 AM   #27 
  - Thothmes is right, Clark was relieved by Cohen and Shelton, not Rumsfeld  wmbrew0206   Jul-16-08 09:23 AM   #28 
     - Sorry I mis-spoke. I knew Clark left before that. You're right about not bringing people back...  Hekate   Jul-16-08 12:23 PM   #29 
        - I agree it is a waste. I'd like to see a lot of them run for Congress  wmbrew0206   Jul-16-08 12:37 PM   #31 
  - This is a no brainer! Can that ass kissing Petraeus!  IndianaGreen   Jul-16-08 12:24 PM   #30 
  - BushCo has politicized the military and Obama won't tolerate that.  AtomicKitten   Jul-16-08 12:40 PM   #32 
  - There's more to the article.....Obama seems to support Petraeus  Baclava   Jul-16-08 01:21 PM   #33 

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