Monday, September 12, 2011

A lighter footprint will not prevent conflict

I'm quite sure that when General Odierno said:
"I'm not saying 3-5,000 is the right number," but "there comes a time...when it (US presence) becomes counter-productive...I'm not quite sure what the right number is, but there's a number there somewhere that is -- you've got be careful about."

...he was trying to explain that he wanted the extended US presence, should there be any, to maintain a low profile so as to avoid providing pretexts for AQI, Sadr, other Iran-backed militias to conduct violent attacks.

I have to disagree with this reasoning. I think this is not the right metric to consider when deciding the final number of troops--the reaction will be the same regardless of whether the number was 100, or 10,000.

8 comments:

sargentodiaz said...

You have to remember the political situation here in the USA.
With President Obama as the Commander-in-Chief and Democrats in control of the US Senate, the general has no choice but to say such things. He knows he is not receiving any support from above.

Things will change in Nov 2012 when we have a new Republican president and Republicans control the senate.

Patience.

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