February 09, 2009
Why Are We in Iraq?

From the Washington Post:

When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called Petraeus in early 2007 to offer him command of coalition forces in Iraq, he also posed another question: What did Petraeus think ofAdm. William J. “Fox” Fallon as head of Central Command, overseeing U.S. military operations throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan?

It was an exchange Petraeus would remember ruefully. Over the months that followed, Fallon and Petraeus clashed over resources, strategy and how quickly to reduce the number of troops in Iraq.

Although new to the Middle East and inexperienced in ground warfare, Fallon was one of the most senior officers in the U.S. military and one of the few Vietnam War veterans still on active duty. Petraeus, by contrast, was one of the first members of the military's post-Vietnam generation, becoming a platoon leader in May 1975, days after the last Marine helicopter left Saigon.

As Centcom commander, Fallon was technically Petraeus’s new boss. In practice, however, Petraeus bypassed the chain of command and answered directly to Bush, enjoying what was probably the most direct relationship between a frontline general and his commander in chief since the Civil War…


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 09, 2009 10:40 AM
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This is not rocket science. The military/industrial/oil/political complex wants their high paid welfare. Get real.

The highly paid leaders of the m/i/o/p were the ONLY people with power who supported the Vietnam war from 1970 on. Murderers.

Posted by: on February 9, 2009 11:40 AM

I don't get it, Bush got rid of every General/Admiral with a brain and the courage to challenge his idiocy. He has also left his minions in every branch of government. Seems obvious to me that the military industrial complex is going to undermine Obama's policies and mandate from the people every which way it can until he can replace these remaining co-conspirators, like Gates and Petraeus, from the criminally insane Bush regime. Respectfully submitted

Posted by: knowdoubt on February 10, 2009 6:44 AM
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