October 01, 2005
The Greatest Strategic Disaster in US History

From the Hudson Institute, which Mrs. Batard tells me is a right wing outfit, and which Wikipedia calls a “conservative think tank”, we get some hopeful signs — via the Lowell Sun Online — that those on the right are finally waking up. It’s too bad they don’t also go on record and let everyone know that the George Bush Court Coronation was also the greatest strategic disaster in the history of the US Supreme Court and for the nation.

The invasion of Iraq was the “greatest strategic disaster in United States history,” a retired Army general said yesterday, strengthening an effort in Congress to force an American withdrawal beginning next year.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom, a Vietnam veteran, said the invasion of Iraq alienated America’s Middle East allies, making it harder to prosecute a war against terrorists.

The U.S. should withdraw from Iraq, he said, and reposition its military forces along the Afghan-Pakistani border to capture Osama bin Laden and crush al Qaeda cells.

“The invasion of Iraq I believe will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history,” said Odom, now a scholar with the Hudson Institute.
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Posted by Buck Batard at October 01, 2005 08:38 AM
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Well, duh!!

Posted by: tstreet on October 1, 2005 9:34 AM

IIRC, Odom is one of those few on the right who recognize W's war a disaster, and has thought so for a while. See, e.g.:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june04/prospects_5-10.html

Quoth General Odom in that year-and-a-half-old NewsHour broadcast: "I have reached the conclusion long ago that we shouldn't have gone in because we didn't think we could get that, but I think now it should be clear to those who avoided the test of proposition that we're not going to get that, therefore staying longer, cost the U.S. without gaining us anything. We need to go to the niceties of approaching the U. N. and let them have a chance to take it over, but we should set some sort of date and begin to move out and leave it to whoever takes over... I don't think it makes sense to talk about winning or losing now, in a strategic sense we lost when we started the war. The strategic winners in this have been Osama bin Laden, because we diverted our forces from that, bogged ourselves down in Iraq, the Iranians were absolutely pleased because they hate Saddam, and we've virtually destroyed our own ground forces, they're so overextended, our equipment is so rundown and un-repaired right now, that I don't see any advantages for us for any purpose to stay there much longer."

Posted by: qubit on October 1, 2005 1:18 PM

Odom has indeed been saying this for a long time. He's even hinted that he personally supports impeaching Bush, but as a former director of the National Security Agency he knows how to soft-sell politically unpopular arguments, so he claims it's not his call.

I kinda doubt most the Hudson Institute agrees with him. But who's gonna claim they know more about the situation than a former NSA director?

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on October 2, 2005 12:37 AM

Like your picture . . .

“The invasion of Iraq I believe will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history,”

Wrong . . as usual .

the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history

is the transferring of US jobs and manufacturing technology to Asia . Or , as we call it , 'outsourcing' .

When - - not IF - - China closes their door and takes over these manufacturing facilities . . . what are we gonna do about it ??

Bear in mind that China has a 200,000,000 (that's two hundred million) man standing , trained and ready to go , military .

We can't even muster half a million - - - that is , one half of ONE million - - - ONE million - - - not 200 million - - man army .

They are just waiting . . . THEY will pick the time .


Posted by: ojsbuddy on October 2, 2005 1:30 AM
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