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wmbrew0206 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-15-08 10:59 PM
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24. Dude, get a clue
The title Combatant Commander refers to anyone of the the commanders of the five major unified commands: CentCom, EUCOM, PACCOM, SOUTHCOM and NORTHOM. These commands used to be referred to a Commander in Chief Central Command, but it was decided that there is only one Commander in Chief, so Rumsfield changed the name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combatant_commander

Second, these appointments are not political appointments. You don't change out Combatant Commanders just because a new administration takes over. Since the Unified Commands were established, there is not one case of a President relieving a Unified Command Commander just because he didn't appoint him.

I am sorry but I don't consider Petraeus incompetent. Obama acknowledged the progress Petraeus' strategy had in his Op-Ed yesterday and in his speech today. I'd also take except to calling Petraeus "gutless." Look at Petraeus' Wiki page about what happened to him on a live fire range when he was a battalion commander. While the wiki page doesn't mention it, Petraeus later recommended the soldier who shot him for Ranger School (an honor). That doesn't sound like a gutless man to me.

If you relieve Petraeus, will you relieve Ordierno? I assume you think Ordierno is just as guilty as you believe Petraeus to be since he was Petraeus' deputy in Iraq. If you relieve both of them, who will you replace them with? Remember that you also have to execute a 16 month, heavy withdraw (that means taking your equipment with you) while finding two new generals to run Iraq and CentCom. Also, how will you expect these generals to be able to execute their mission when they are trying to take over the two most challenging billets in the Army and will not have time to get their own sense of what is needed?
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