"Cutting and running" is preferable to "staying and praying"

Independent Institute

by Ivan Eland

11/21/06

General John Batiste, a retired Army major general who was a division commander in Iraq and called for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation, called the Democrats' proposal 'terribly naive.' Among other initiatives, Batiste argues that the United States has to make new efforts to secure Iraq's borders, weaken or eliminate the Iraqi militias, step up training of the country's security forces, reduce Iraqi unemployment, and solicit more cooperation from tribal leaders. To do all of these things, Batiste recommends increasing the number of U.S. forces in Iraq. General Anthony Zinni, one of Abizaid's predecessors as Middle East commander and another critic of administration policy, as well as Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), agree that more U.S. troops should be sent. But if the Democratic plan is naive, this proposal is just plain crazy...

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