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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 07:19 PM
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Let's not forget exactly how much of a chickenshit ass-kisser Petraeus is
Edited on Fri Sep-14-07 07:20 PM by jgraz
Op-Ed printed Sunday, September 26, 2004 (yes, 10 days before the election)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49283-20...

Battling for Iraq


By David H. Petraeus

BAGHDAD -- Helping organize, train and equip nearly a quarter-million of Iraq's security forces is a daunting task. Doing so in the middle of a tough insurgency increases the challenge enormously, making the mission akin to repairing an aircraft while in flight -- and while being shot at. Now, however, 18 months after entering Iraq, I see tangible progress. Iraqi security elements are being rebuilt from the ground up.

The institutions that oversee them are being reestablished from the top down. And Iraqi leaders are stepping forward, leading their country and their security forces courageously in the face of an enemy that has shown a willingness to do anything to disrupt the establishment of the new Iraq.

<snip>

Nonetheless, there are reasons for optimism. Today approximately 164,000 Iraqi police and soldiers (of which about 100,000 are trained and equipped) and an additional 74,000 facility protection forces are performing a wide variety of security missions. Equipment is being delivered. Training is on track and increasing in capacity.Infrastructure is being repaired. Command and control structures and institutions are being reestablished.

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Six battalions of the Iraqi regular army and the Iraqi Intervention Force are now conducting operations. Two of these battalions, along with the Iraqi commando battalion, the counterterrorist force, two Iraqi National Guard battalions and thousands of policemen recently contributed to successful operations in Najaf. Their readiness to enter and clear the Imam Ali shrine was undoubtedly a key factor in enabling Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to persuade members of the Mahdi militia to lay down their arms and leave the shrine.

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Within the next 60 days, six more regular army and six additional Intervention Force battalions will become operational. Nine more regular army battalions will complete training in January, in time to help with security missions during the Iraqi elections at the end of that month.

<snip>

There will be more tough times, frustration and disappointment along the way. It is likely that insurgent attacks will escalate as Iraq's elections approach. Iraq's security forces are, however, developing steadily and they are in the fight. Momentum has gathered in recent months. With strong Iraqi leaders out front and with continued coalition -- and now NATO -- support, this trend will continue. It will not be easy, but few worthwhile things are.

The writer, an Army lieutenant general, commands the Multinational Security Transition Command in Iraq. He previously commanded the 101st Airborne Division, which was deployed in Iraq from March 2003 until February 2004.

More at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49283-20...

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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:29 PM
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1. self-kick because I put in all that nice formatting
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:42 PM
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2. Amazing
that people will put their integrity and careers on the line like that.
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jgraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:44 PM
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3. It got him his fourth star
Which, really, is what it's all about.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:48 PM
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5. Just imagine 1,000 military dead on each of those stars
Petraeus is probably going to need another star soon. The dead are getting awfully crowded on the ones he has now.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:45 PM
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4. Thank you!
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 03:41 AM
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6. Betrayus fits...
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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 03:46 AM
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7. Betrayus wants to run for Pres. in 2012.
No I am not making that up. He has said so.
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