"While prudence dictated planning for an eventual pullout, Mullen said that under one scenario it could take three to four years just to halve the 160,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq. Many Democrats want to pull out combat troops by April.
"I do think we will be there for years, not months," Mullen told the Seante Armed Service Committee at his confirmation hearing. "But I don’t see it (Iraq) as a permanent — you know, on a permanent base at this point."" Yahoo
I listened to this man’s testimony today. He seems to understand that even though greatly "evolved" attitudes and methods are now being employed by US forces in Iraq, and that these are rapidly improving the tactical situation, the issue of whether or not Iraq will remain a seriously united country rests in the hands of the Iraqis and most specifically in the hands of the Shia religious politicians of the present government. He candidly states that there has been little or no progress in teconciliation of the major communiities in the country.
AQinM will be largely exterminated if the US military continues in its present course. The takfiri jihadis will be eliminated not by the super-soldiers of the SOF community. No. They will be eliminated by outraged Iraqis.
The adoption of the present tactical regimen would not have been possible if the AEI crowd were not so weakened. The present course of action represent a repudiation of their fantasies. Now is the winter of their discontent even as the generals pursue the war. pl