Surge General

From Salt Lake Tribune:

The promotion of Gen. David Petraeus is another ominous sign that the Bush administration may attack Iran.
President Bush is nominating Petraeus, commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, to replace Adm. William Fallon as head of Centcom: U.S. Central Command, which oversees the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Fallon was forced to resign last month after his outspoken opposition to an attack on Iran. Petraeus, by contrast, has been heating up the rhetoric against Iran.
“Iran has fueled the violence in a particularly damaging way through its lethal support to the special groups,” Petraeus testified to Congress in early April. Those special groups (meaning, the militias) pose the biggest threat to the United States, he added.

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He blamed Iran for the rocket attacks on the Green Zone, and he warned, “We should all watch Iranian actions closely in the weeks and months ahead.” Petraeus’ boss issued a warning of his own. “The regime in Tehran also has a choice to make,” Bush said April 10. “If Iran makes the right choice, America will encourage a peaceful relationship between Iran and Iraq. If Iran makes the wrong choice, America will act to protect our interests, and our troops and our Iraqi partners.”
But neither Petraeus nor Bush mentioned the role Iran played in mediating a ceasefire between the Iraqi government and Shiite militias in Basra last month.


Bush could justify an attack on Iran’s military or nuclear facilities by claiming to protect U.S. troops in Iraq against Shiite militias with links to Tehran. Iran could retaliate by not only threatening those troops but also by inspiring Hezbollah in Lebanon to mobilize jihadists against Israel and the United States.

From Time:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s announcement Wednesday promoting General David Petraeus from his current post running the war in Iraq to head up U.S. Central Command triggered both political and military unease. That response may be inevitable, coming on the downside of an unpopular war and in the waning months of the tenure of the unpopular President who launched it.


Opponents of the war fear that if the Democrat-led Senate approves Petraeus’s promotion, it could be taken as a signal to “stay the course” in a war that has dragged on for more than five years and has killed more than 4,000 U.S. troops.


Democrats are unlikely to mount a campaign to block Petraeus’ promotion. Yet Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the next CENTCOM commander must come with new plans for Iraq “if directed to by a new President.” Petraeus hedged last month when asked what he would say if a new President were to order a withdrawal plan within 60 days of taking office. He verbally juggled risks and objectives before conceding, “We take orders and we follow them.”

The impact of promoting Petraeus, however, may be even greater in the national security establishment than on Capitol Hill. It’s a wake-up call to old-school Army officers and their vanishing dreams of massive tank battles and artillery skirmishes, some of whom privately call Petraeus “King David” for his high self-regard and chumminess with reporters. Gates has made clear that wants commanders able to carry out the messy, irregular kind of combat championed by Petraeus that the Defense Secretary envisages the U.S. fighting for years to come. The promotion reinforces the message he delivered to young Air Force and Army officers on Monday, when he criticized their leaders for devoting too much time and effort to future potential wars, and not enough to the real wars now under way.


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11 responses to “Surge General

  1. jlms qkw - jenn

    very fine depiction.

    may he not be confirmed.

  2. Got a Grip

    I think they should take all of the Pentagon brass, the Department of Defense honchos, the ass-kissing generals, all of these gungho military contractors, the chickenhawk BushCo bosses and their water-carrying MSM political pundits into a large, confined space, give them all their little killing toys, sans nukes, and let them just blast away at each other. William Kristol should be chained to a pole right in the middle, maybe add Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Leilly to keep him company. Surround the whole thing with those new high tech microwave machines they want to use on American protesters to keep any of them from escaping. If anyone survives (which I doubt), they’ll get a shiny new flag pin as a reward.

    Hey, I’m just spitballin’. We’ve got to start somewhere…..

  3. jenn,
    he’s going to get confirmed. the dems will blow a little steam, and then they will fold, just like they always do.

  4. gotta,
    all of that would be legal. you see, it wouldn’t be punishment–at least, according to scalia.

  5. nightowl724

    nonnie, as is often the case, your terrific cover made me laugh – then cry.

    How can this even be DISCUSSED? I know, I know – I’ve been doing a lot of shouting here lately.

    My first two thoughts when I heard about this proposed promotion for heck-of-a-job Petraeus were “Iran” and “McCain knew about this ahead of time.”

    At the Associated Press’ annual meeting on April 14, McCain was asked whether he would divert U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan in order to quash the resurgent Taliban and capture Osama Bin Laden. McCain responded: “I would not do that unless Gen. Petraeus said that he felt that the situation called for that.” McCain didn’t make a “gaffe.”

    I Don’t Know. Go Ask Petraeus.

    Then Hillary decides to play kissy-kissy with the idea:

    Talkin’ tough never looked sillier — nor a presidential race more embarrassing. Give people enough time and exposure and they’ll eventually become caricatures of themselves. This week, Hillary “Annie Oakley”

    Clinton, Barack “Howard Dean” Obama and John “I Was A POW” McCain proved the rule, surpassingly, with ads prepared for a special episode of World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Raw” that aired on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary.

    For her performance, Clinton wore a colorful scarf and introduced herself: “Hi. I’m Hillary Clinton, but tonight, in honor of the WWE, you can call me Hill-Rod. This election is starting to feel a lot like ‘King of the Ring.’ The only difference? The last man standing may just be a woman.”

    Hill-Rod? Would that be Hill-Rod The Obliterator? Perhaps in keeping with her new smackdown persona, Clinton was also talking tough to Iran this week. On Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” she was asked what she would do if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

    “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran,” Clinton said. “In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.”

    Opinion: Dumbing down the presidency

    And, McCain continues to get a pass from most of the media for acting like the playground bully:

    In his speech McCain proposed that the United States expel Russia from the G8, the group of advanced industrial countries. Moscow was included in this body in the 1990s to recognize and reward it for peacefully ending the cold war on Western terms, dismantling the Soviet empire and withdrawing from large chunks of the old Russian Empire as well. McCain also proposed that the United States should expand the G8 by taking in India and Brazil—but pointedly excluded China from the councils of power. ~ It is a policy that would alienate many countries in Europe and Asia who would see it as an attempt by Washington to begin a new cold war.

    Mccain Vs. Mccain

    If a blogger shouts in the forest and nobody hears, has she still made a noise?

  6. Antenna Wilde

    What’s interesting is the area of control Petraeus has been given; sweeping from Iraq through Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan—which borders Russia (and WAS Russia, until quite recently)

    Think pipeline, as was the plan laid out by the Project for a New American Century

  7. “If Iran makes the wrong choice, America will act to protect our interests, and our troops and our Iraqi partners.”

    Would those be the Iraqi partners who greeted Ahmadinejad on his visit? Iran is good friends with Sadr, but even more friendly with Maliki.

  8. hello lister.
    welcome to the raisin. 😀
    i think we are like a cop who walks into a house where a huge family feud is going on. the family members won’t fight as long as the cop is watching, but the cop can’t watch everyone, and he can’t be there all the time. instead of sending in a cop who is not versed in solving family feuds, we should have sent in social workers and family counselors who understand the family dynamics and can address the underlying problems, instead of just addressing the immediate violence.

  9. hi antenna wilde,
    welcome to the raisin 😀 , and i am so sorry that your comment was stuck in the spam filter for a while.
    i don’t trust anything that this maladministration does. there is always something under the surface, some ulterior motive.

  10. I think it’s more like that episode of Dallas — the one where the President helps JR murder the evil Jock Ewing and take over the company.

    Then the President says to JR “We have no opinion on Ewing-Ewing conflicts, like your disagreement with Miss Ellie” — which is misinterpreted as a green light to get rid of her and replace her with someone more compliant.

    But all hell breaks loose as a result — a huge family feud. And the cops get sent in to sort it out, removing the evil JR from power and installing Bobby Ewing. The whole time, the President is blaming the evil Pam Barnes for stirring things up on behalf of the most evil ever Cliff Barnes.

    It’s kind of like that — only Dallas made more sense.