Monday, August 08, 2005

Past Time To Admit:
Pentagon's Incompetence Is Costing Lives

I believe we are well past the time that Pentagon officials admit that they have totally screwed up the War in Iraq. They did not listen to Gen. Shinseki who said we would need hundreds of thousands of troops for Iraq. Those kind of numbers certainly would have sobered Americans in supporting the war. Certainly the civilian leadership in the Pentagon have demonstrated incompetence along with some but certainly not all military leaders in the Pentagon. (See Post war planning was non-existent.)
The effects of this incompetence is made obvious by the situation on the ground in Iraq.

And today we learn this:

HADITHAH, Iraq — A Marine regiment that took heavy casualties last week in western Iraq — including 19 killed from a Reserve unit headquartered in Ohio — had repeatedly asked for about 1,000 more troops. Those requests were not granted.

In the article "Lt. Col. Lionel Urquhart, commander of the Reserve battalion said, "Yes, we need more forces, but what we need is more Iraqi forces." Let's face Reality. The Iraqi Army is virtually non-existent and does not solve the problem in the short run. In the long run it may even be an administration pipedream.

The consequences are extremely serious. More US troops will die and Iraq will continue to spiral into instability. To let this situation continue (to cover Pentagon asses) is immoral and illogical.

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