Why can’t I take this at face value?
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to advise President
Bush to reduce the U.S. force in Iraq next year by almost half, potentially
creating a rift with top White House officials and other military commanders
over the course of the war.
Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely
to convey concerns by the Joint Chiefs that keeping well in excess of 100,000
troops in Iraq through 2008 will severely strain the military. This assessment
could collide with one being prepared by the U.S. commander in Iraq, Army
Gen. David H. Petraeus, calling for the U.S. to maintain higher troop levels
for 2008 and beyond. … ..
Coming from Gen. Peter Pace, somehow I smell something else a foot. Pace is
tied to Bush in every conceivable way. So he’s got to know the politics underneath
any national security decision that would take as big a policy shift as what
he’s reportedly suggesting is a long ball.
Still, it’s not a bad thing for Democrats to have in their arsenal, along with
Warner, though it still all depends on Bush unless Reid can get enough votes
to override a veto. From what I understand we’re not there yet. But it sure
provides some cover for those politicians wanting to do the right thing. Question
remains if they will.