One Veteran's Voice

06 December 2005

couldn't have said it better

I saw Lieutenant General (ret.) Odom on CNN the other day advocating immediate strategic withdrawal. He made some intelligent arguments, summarized here. This was written back in August. It's taken so long for people to get a clue about Iraq.

Odom was the head of the NSA under Reagan. Not exactly a radical, raving, Michael Moore type liberal. What's so wrong with Michael Moore, anyway? The guy might be a little out there, but he has the right idea. Watch Fahrenheit 9/11 again. Seems eerily prophetic.

Q&A with myself

"You mean they never found the WMDs?"
"Right."
"So the reason we went to war was bullshit?"
"Right."
"So the president's a liar?"
"Well, maybe. Some people he works with are accused of lying."
"So why are we still in Iraq?"
"We're helping create democracy and fighting the terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here."
"Oh. Didn't they already vote?"
"Yeah, but they're voting again."
"Oh. So there must be a shit-ton of terrorists in Iraq, huh?"
"Oh yes."
"Were they there before we invaded?"
"Not really."
"Where did they come from?"
"Well, you know, a lot of the suicide bombers come from saudi arabia. Most of the insurgents are angry Iraqis, though."
"So why don't we get them while they're being indoctrinated in saudi arabia?"
"Shhhhhh. Don't talk so loud about Saudi Arabia. They're our friends."
"ah. So if we left, do you think the Iraqis would follow us to America and kill us?"
"Probably not."
"Hmm. How do you fight against an IED, anyway?"

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Anonymous said...

Funny Q&A, you're got a good sense of humor to have been though some bad sh*t.
Kinda interesting opinion piece by Wes Clarke over at NYT
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/06/opinion/06clark.html?ei=5090&en=54d89019ebc70bb2&ex=1291525200&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

Thanks for the heads up on the one from General Odum. Too bad he's not run'n things instead of Rummy.

12/06/2005 09:38:36 AM  

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