Those damn anti-war left wing wackos..

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  1. bamthin

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    Army War College essay calls Iraq war 'distraction'

    Washington Post

    WASHINGTON -- A scathing new report published by the Army War College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism, accusing it of taking a detour into an "unnecessary" war in Iraq and pursuing an "unrealistic" quest against terrorism that may lead to U.S. wars with states that pose no serious threat .

    The report, by visiting professor Jeffrey Record, who is on the faculty of the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., warns that as a result of those mistakes, the Army is "near the breaking point." It recommends, among other things, scaling back the scope of the "global war on terrorism" and instead focusing on the narrower threat posed by the al-Qaida terrorist network.

    "[The] global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly . . . its parameters should be readjusted," Record writes. Currently, he adds, the anti-terrorism campaign "is strategically unfocused, promises more than it can deliver, and threatens to dissipate U.S. military resources in an endless and hopeless search for absolute security."

    Record, a veteran defense specialist and author of six books on military strategy and related issues, was an aide to former Sen. Sam Nunn when the Georgia Democrat was chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    His essay, published by the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, carries the standard disclaimer that its views are those of the author and don't necessarily represent those of the Army, the Pentagon, or the U.S. government.

    But retired Army Col. Douglas C. Lovelace Jr., the director of the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute, whose Web site carries Record's 56-page monograph, hardly distanced himself from it. "I think that the substance that Jeff brings out in the article really, really needs to be considered," he said.

    Academic freedom

    Publication of the essay was approved by the Army War College's commandant, Maj. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., Lovelace said. He said he and Huntoon expected the study to be controversial, but added, "He considers it to be under the umbrella of academic freedom."

    Larry DiRita, the top Pentagon spokesman, said he had not read the Record study. He added: "If the conclusion is that we need to be scaling back in the global war on terrorism, it's not likely to be on my reading list anytime soon."

    A 'war of choice'

    Many of Record's arguments, such as the contention that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was deterred and did not present a threat, have been made before by critics of the administration. Iraq, he concludes, "was a war-of-choice distraction from the war of necessity against" al-Qaida. But it is unusual to have such views published by the War College, the Army's premier academic institution.

    In addition, the essay goes further than many critics in examining the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism.

    Record's core criticism is that the administration is biting off more than it can chew. "A cardinal rule of strategy is to keep your enemies to a manageable number," he writes.

    He scoffs at the administration's policy of seeking to transform and democratize the Middle East."

    The essay concludes with several recommendations. Some are fairly non-controversial, such as increasing the size of the Army and the Marine Corps. But he also says the United States should scale back its ambitions and be prepared to settle for a "friendly autocracy" rather than a genuine democracy in Iraq.


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  2. jimnyc

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    Aug 28, 2003
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    He sure changed my mind, NOT! :rolleyes:
  3. jon_forward

    jon_forward Active Member

    Nov 18, 2003
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    billy graham comes to mind, always somebody trying to save us from ourselves...I feel they would be perfectly happy living in a totally isolated country...if thats what they want sorry the wall went down a long time ago....thanx ronnie
  4. Bern80

    Bern80 Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2004
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    The only part i agree with the scoffing at trying to democratize the middle east. I just don't think it's possible.

    Even if it could be done in Iraq the majority would be the Shiites i believe. I really don't think we want them in power.

    Many would also argue that the certain sects of Islamic religion really isn't all that compatible with democracy.

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