One Veteran's Voice

11 January 2006

Paul Bremer MUST be a crazy liberal


In the memoir, titled My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope, Mr Bremer says he sent Mr Rumsfeld a copy of a report by a respected thinktank that estimated 500,000 troops would be needed to stabilise Iraq, but the defence secretary did not respond. Mr Rumsfeld also failed to respond to his recommendation in May 2004 to add 30,000 troops to the 160,000 in Iraq at the time.
Mr. Bush was emphatic in stating that the decision on troop levels will be made by American commanders and "not by artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington," reports CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller.

Iraq, Paul Bremer, Bush

6 Other Voices:

levi said...

And why did General Shinseki lose his job? Because he voiced something along these lines, except he did it publicly rumsfield, fuck that guy. We probably would have faired better with McNamara (

1/11/2006 03:46:57 PM  
KG said...

a family member, serving as an infantry capt. told me via email this week, "what briefs well in Washington, i.e., downsizing the troops, does not play well in theatre."

everyone on the ground knows they don't have enough men to fight this so-called "war."

That they didn't listen to Bremer, their own guy that they put in charge, is baffling. Unless, they just don't have enough troops... which, unfortunately, may be part of the problem.

1/11/2006 08:30:44 PM  
Elmo said...

kg, that's what scares me. Leaving less troops there only endangers the troops left exponentially. We have to get out. I hate having to admit it but it's true. We can't win this type of war, it's perpetual and is what destroyed the mighty Rome. We cant ignore history any longer.

1/11/2006 10:21:42 PM  
Have Skunk said...

The answer to this is: NATIONWIDE STRIKES all across society. Every Friday, just don't do anything. Assemble peacefully in a public place and network. A Nationasl Day of Protest Every Friday.

Pass it on and make it happen, bloggers. We're running out of options.

If we are going to be treated like serfs in a banana republic, then we'll adopt banana republic methods for responding to that treatment.

1/12/2006 12:11:45 AM  
The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

Yeah, except I can't afford to be fired, and neither can you.

That's why we live in a society that doesn't protect workers' rights to any significant degree... by keeping it to where I get fired if I stay home this weekend, they get to keep doing whatever they want to increase their profits even at my expense. It's just how it is. Serfs, as you put it.

1/12/2006 09:35:14 AM  
OneVeteran'sVoice said...

Something along the lines of education strikes at universities is much more practical-- but that will only happen if a draft is enacted. Which might happen if things with Iran keep going down the crapper.

1/12/2006 12:52:56 PM  

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