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