Sunday, April 23, 2006

Measuring footprints in Iraq

Jack Kelly weighs in on the Rumsfeld/General spat today. He commends Gen. John Batiste for his service, but questions his judgment:

I have great respect for Maj. Gen. Batiste's character, courage and integrity. He turned down a third star to retire in protest. But I don't think much of his judgment.

However, Kelly dedicates the most space to the bureaucratic nature of the conflict. He sees the roots of the dispute lying in the disagreement over troop levels needed in Iraq. He calls the military offensive to oust Saddam brilliant, but calls the postwar approach a mistake, conceding that more troops were needed to finish the job. The biggest mistake being the creation of the Coalition Provisional Authority, headed by Paul Bremmer.

I think Kelly's arguments ring true. Rumsfeld and the civilian leadership did not anticipate many of the intricacies of creating a new government from scratch. I would have never protested a greater troop presence in Iraq. At the same time, who knows what other troubles may have arisen from those higher levels? Mistakes are always made in war. Our country has overcome them before and the mistakes made in Iraq have not risen to the level of irredeemable.

2 Comments:

Anonymous bubba said...

"Our country has overcome them before and the mistakes made in Iraq have not risen to the level of irredeemable."

Unquestionably true.

The people who are actively working to undermine the public will to see this through won't agree, though.

4/23/2006  
Blogger Glenn said...

You're right. Most war opponents are not interested in any comparative history.

4/23/2006  

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