The collapse of Bushism
We are witnessing the beginning of the complete implosion of Bushism. The Senate is poised to rebuke him, led by members of his own party. His Attorney General arrives to push Bush fascism on habeus corpus, something Maccaca and The Gang would have accepted a few months back, and is instead laughed out of the Senate. Now this: the end of the "We Are Winning In Iraq" charade, a buffooonish national clown show where administration prison punk Tony Snow would give us daily pronoucements from Der Fuehrer that all was well on the Russian Front. To make it even more painful, the coup de grace was delivered by Bush's newest top military man, who seems to be able to speak the truth, unlike Bush dicksuck Abizaid, the guy who ran the Iraq war into the ditch, So here we have it folks, Bush's new man telling us the truth- :
Incoming commander admits miscalculations
Adm. Fallon says U.S. overestimated Iraqi forcesâ€™ ability to take control
(AP) Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, President Bush's nominee to head U.S. Central Command replacing Gen. John Abizaid, said in a statement that securing Iraq was more difficult than the U.S. anticipated.
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WASHINGTON - Adm. William Fallon, who is poised to become the top American commander in the Middle East, says the United States miscalculated the ability of Iraqi forces to take control and underestimated the enemyâ€™s persistence.
â€śSecuring the stability of the country has been more difficult than anticipated,â€ť Fallon said in a written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee. â€śOur ability to correctly assess the political, economic and security situation in Iraq has been lacking.â€ť
Fallonâ€™s remarks were submitted in advance of a confirmation hearing Tuesday. Fallon, who commands troops in the Pacific region, has been tapped to replace Army Gen. John Abizaid as head of the U.S. Central Command.
In addition Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was expected to consider the nomination of John Negroponte, the first director of national intelligence, to become deputy secretary of state.
Fallon and Negroponteâ€™s confirmations were not expected to rouse Senate protests, despite bitter opposition in Congress to Bushâ€™s plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq.
Public sentiment has turned strongly against a war that has dragged on for nearly four years with more than 3,000 American dead and violence unabated by insurgents and sectarian militias.
Sharp rebuke of al-Maliki
In remarks prepared for a speech Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., a member of the Armed Services Committee who recently returned from a trip to the region, said only another 200,000 or 300,000 U.S. troops would make a substantial difference in Iraq.
â€śBased on everything I saw last month, and based on my conversations with Iraqi officials, our own military leaders and rank-and-file soldiers, I am convinced more troops wonâ€™t end the sectarian violence,â€ť Nelson said.
Nelson also was expected to deliver a sharp rebuke of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Nelson said al-Maliki â€śeither lacks the will, or the nerve, to take on the Shiite militias.â€ť
Last week the Senate approved, 81-0, Bushâ€™s nomination of Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to head the Iraq war. Petraeus would work alongside Fallon, who would oversee military operations throughout the region, including Afghanistan.
During Petraeusâ€™ Jan. 23 confirmation hearing, senators questioned him on how Bushâ€™s new strategy would work and whether Congress should weigh in with a resolution of disapproval. Petraeus said the situation in Iraq was â€śdireâ€ť but not hopeless.
Iran: a serious threat to the region
In his written remarks, Fallon told the Senate panel that the United States has â€śrelearnedâ€ť the need to hold secure an area â€śuntil Iraqi security forces and local political and economic activity have provided essential confidence to the population.â€ť
Fallon also said he believes the Pakistan government should do more to prevent al-Qaida operatives from crossing its border into Afghanistan and that Iran remains a serious threat to the region.
However, Fallon said Tehran was unlikely to produce a nuclear weapon until â€śmid-next decade.â€ť
â€śI sense that our allies in the region are more concerned about the potential threat posed by Iran now than at any time since the Iran-Iraq War,â€ť he wrote.
Petraeus is to arrive in Baghdad to take over for Gen. George Casey as the top U.S. commander in Iraq next week, a defense official said Monday. Casey, tapped to become the next Army chief of staff, will face the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address