President Bush is the Answer! There has been some debate. Now there should be none. The man who was too good to serve in Vietnam knew that his Jacobin puppeteers and "just plain Dick" had decided to do this crazed thing, and he let them do it.
As Pace observes in the article, the Joint Chiefs were not asked their opinion about this in advance. After all, "war is too important to be left to the soldiers…" (Clemenceau) I know for a fact that US military leaders in Iraq were in the midst of talks with the Iraqis as to how prudently to bring a number of units "back to the colors," (that’s a military thing) when told that these men were not to be spoken to any more.
There is an Afghan saying.. "All that is needed for true satisfaction is to wait by the side of the river until your enemy floats by.." Life just keeps getting more and more satisfying. pl