G_paceGen. Peter Pace Sees Positive ‘Sea Change’ in Iraq In his most optimistic remarks since the U.S. troop buildup began, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that Iraq has undergone a "sea change" in security in recent months, and that this will influence his recommendation to President Bush on how long to continue the current
strategy.

After conferring with Maj. Gen. Walter Gaskin and other commanders in this
provincial capital west of Baghdad, Pace told reporters he has gathered a
positive picture of the security environment not only here but also in
Baghdad, where he began his Iraq visit on Monday.
He was asked whether this would inform his thinking about whether to
continue the current strategy, with extra

U.S.

troops battling to security

Baghdad

and Anbar province.
"It will because what I’m hearing now is a sea change that is taking place
in many places here," he replied. "It’s no longer a matter of pushing
al-Qaida out of Ramadi, for example, but rather – now that they have been
pushed out – helping the local police and the local army have a chance to
get their feet on the ground and set up their systems."
Pace said earlier in

Baghdad

that the

U.S.

military is continuing various
options for

Iraq

, including an even bigger troop buildup if President Bush
thinks his "surge" strategy needs a further boost.
Pace said the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are
developing their own assessment of the situation in

Iraq

, to be presented to
Bush in September, that will be separate from a report to Congress that
month by Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander for

Iraq

.
The military must "be prepared for whatever it’s going to look like two
months from now," Pace said Monday in an interview with two reporters
traveling with him to Iraq from Washington.
"That way, if we need to plus up or come down" in numbers of troops in

Iraq

,
the details will have been studied, he said.
Pace, on his first visit since

U.S.

commanders accelerated combat operations
in mid-June, said another option under consideration is maintaining current
troop levels beyond September.
There are now about 158,000

U.S.

troops in

Iraq

, reflecting a boost of about
30,000 to carry out the new strategy Bush announced in January. The plan is
focused on providing better security for Iraqis in

Baghdad

, but the intended
effect – political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites – has yet to be
achieved, and many in Congress are clamoring to begin withdrawing troops
soon.
In

Washington

on Monday, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said he would
force the chamber’s first all-night debate on the

Iraq

war Tuesday night in
advance of a vote Wednesday on whether to bring home all combat troops by
next spring.
Republicans are using Senate rules to insist that the measure have 60 votes
to pass – a de facto filibuster since it takes that many votes to cut off
debate.
Pace conferred Monday with Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the No. 2
commander in

Iraq

, who said he did not currently foresee requesting more
troops.
"Right now I can’t find an assessment where I would say I need more troops,"
Odierno said, adding that he is confident that by September he will be able
to give Petraeus his advice on how the troop buildup is working.
"My assessment right now is, I need more time" to understand how the
offensive targeting al-Qaida in Iraq is working and how it could lead to
political progress, Odierno said.
"I’m seeing some progress now here in

Iraq

. We have really just started what
the Iraqis term ‘liberating’ them from al-Qaida. What I’ve got to determine
is what do I need in order to continue that progress so that the political
piece can then take hold and Iraqi security forces can hold this for the
long term."

Comments

  1. Awesome…I hope this gets spread across the front page of every newspaper in the country. What do you think the chances are of that happening?

  2. Our supposedly non-political military leaders are now “stumping” for the President’s failed policy in a last ditch effort to stem massive national unpopularity. This could possibly be the most catastrophic failure the United States has ever endured.
    However continuing military operations in Iraq will only drive down the United States farther into the abyss of failure, self doubt, and, destroyed international reputation and credibility. Not to mention unparalleled debt and material waste.
    We are wasting the lives of our people in service for nothing more than political rhetoric based in nothing more than a false premise. The war in Iraq was naively planned, poorly implemented, and fueled by the bigoted American notion of super nationalism based in conservative politics.
    One good lesson learned: We now know our limitations and can make adjustments accordingly. One adjustment being keeping our big mouths shut regarding other nation’s cultural and other internal affairs.

  3. Those who adhere to the enemy, give themselves over to enemy propaganda and/or give voice to misinformation and propaganda that is meant to aid in spreading defeatism and or otherwise assist the goal of the enemy in defeating the US should consider correcting themselves ASAP.
    TITLE 18–CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I–CRIMES
    CHAPTER 115–TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES
    Sec. 2388. Activities affecting armed forces during war
    (a) Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully makes or
    conveys false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with
    the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United
    States or to promote the success of its enemies; or
    Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or
    attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of
    duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully
    obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to
    the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so–
    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty
    years, or both.
    (b) If two or more persons conspire to violate subsection (a) of
    this section and one or more such persons do any act to effect the
    object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall
    be punished as provided in said subsection (a).
    (c) Whoever harbors or conceals any person who he knows, or has
    reasonable grounds to believe or suspect, has committed, or is about to
    commit, an offense under this section, shall be fined under this title
    or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
    (d) This section shall apply within the admiralty and maritime
    jurisdiction of the United States, and on the high seas, as well as
    within the United States.
    ***********************************
    All who allow themselves to be swayed by the deceptions, misinformations, distortions, deletions and or fabrications of those who support our enemy for whatever reason, may well find themselves in an uncomfortable position, before much longer.
    Betrayers and those who serve as their useful idiots. No mercy, no forgiveness.

  4. I agree grimmy,we should start at the top,pelosi,reid,hillybutt for starters.Those who persist on comforting the enemy for their own polotical agenda,and bringing harm to our soldiers should pay deeply..Strip them of their polotical power and shutting their mouths perminately…Take them out of the media lime light and lets see how they survive in the real america…I also wonder is their someone out there that actually knows how many of the thousands of political families have military members serving?Is there some sort of a pole..Does it really matter?About as much as the poles that give us the numbers of who’s for or against the war..But how many polotical families are divided over the war?Poloticians and the media are the first ones to feed off the sacrafices of our military and their families.So what about theirs!What have they sacraficed so much for this war that they must feed their personel agendas off our military!Our soldiers have asked for nothing but support,and the tools to complete the mission their country has asked them to do!I’ve been disgusted at the full frontal attack poloticians have been able to get away with and not being held accountable for their actions!Jail time would be to easy,time in the sandbox should be appropriate for the sentence…Semper Fi

  5. Everyday reveals something new regarding just how Stupid it was to invade Iraq.
    Continuing a Misguided and Poorly managed war, that is now a Civil War and does not threaten the existance of the United States, is unconstitutional.
    Generals that take public political stand will reep the vengence of an angry nation in the 2009 new administration. Retired or not.
    This is a war based on lies and stupidity. Continuing it does threaten the existance of the United States. The massive overwhelming majority of the population is against this war.
    Perpetuating an illegal war for business interests is treason. You will pay.

  6. Senator Bidden said it all:
    We ain’t stay’n, We ain’t stay’n, We ain’t stay’n.
    Bush needs to get that through his thick scull before September.
    Iraq will soon be Iran and stupid Bush handed it to them.

  7. Thanks for the comments and all of your real info, Brian Sanchez, Tom Macky or any of the other various “names” you use here. By the way how is Trimble, Missouri today?

  8. While no war can be without “mistakes” I have to wonder how different things would be in Iraq today if the military had been allowed to FIGHT a war and not be the victim of so many puppeteers back in Washington.
    The proof is there that, despite having to “fight” so many idiots in Washington who are more concerned about their own political futures and what history will write about them, progress is being made in enormous measures by our military and the coalition forces. Those who choose to ignore this will never change – sadly – yet will continue to reap the benefits of the protection of our military from “all enemies both foreign and domestic.”
    I never imagined in my life that I would witness so many domestic “enemies.” What a sad day (in that respect) for our nation.
    To our Warriors who continue to fight the good fight I am and will be forever grateful to you and for you.

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