John Negroponte has been nominated as Rice's deputy and Vice Admiral Mike McConnell is slotted to take his Negroponte's place. Pearl Harbor is getting props in this shuffling also:
Mr Bush is expected to nominate Admiral William Fallon, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, to replace General John Abizaid, the head of US Central Command, who has overall authority over the American missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lieutenant General David Petraeus, who has been training the Iraqi army, is rumoured to take over from General George Casey, currently in charge of US forces there.
I hope that this is the Bush Administration's last charge on the fight in Iraq. It is obvious that things aren't improving on a scale that allows Iraq to be run internally by its own citizens- partly to blame are the Iraqi citizens themselves. I understand they want us there to protect them, they tolerate our presence, they want us out of their country so that it looks like they are an independent state. I get it, the people over there get it. So freaking take charge and make it happen, Iraq.
The plan is to send in an additional ~30k troops to try and oust the insurgency one last time. This means more American's will die, more of my wife's online friends will lose their husbands to another deployment to the desert, and more money will be dumped into Iraq stabilization. It is the ultimate check mate. In my opinion, I just don't think that deploying more troops to that theatre is going to do any good. I do, however, think that we should give it one last try. I also think it should be a relatively short evaluation process, perhaps 6 or 8 months, to determine if the new leadership and execution of the new plan is working. If it isn't working then we need to throw in the towel, give the Iraqi people what's behind door number 2 and wish them well.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Never before in human history does this addage have more applicability than it does with the Iraqi people. We got Saddam Hussein out of power for you and for the good of the world. He was strung up by his neck and hanged until dead and I couldn't be happier about it. We had every right to go in there, despite what the antiwar folks say. He broke many, many UN resolutions and that gave us just cause to boot his ass out.
One issue that will always scar the good that we did in Iraq is the WMD debate. We know Saddam had them at one point for two reasons: 1) Bush has the receipt 2) Saddam gassed 5k Kurds in Northern Iraq. Of course the rest of the story is much more interesting. The United States gave Saddam the weapons to use against Iranian sympathizers, who happened to be Kurds living in Northern Iraq. Yes, he used WMD's against his own people, however, we turned a blind eye because they were aligned with Iran. Our hatered of Iran clouded our sensibilities and pushed us to put in an unstable, evil man. Once we realized how unstable this asshole was it was too late.
Anyway, getting back on point, there are probably only a few people who know the truth about the WMD's and where they are right now. I think the WMD's, along with Bin Laden, are in Iran. There have been some positive things about this war on terror in that Al Qaeda is just a shell of its former self. Plots have been foiled all over the world and I'm sure Bin Laden is wringing his hands wondering when he will be joining Saddam in Hell. It's just a matter of time, BL, and you will get yours.
With a new year comes resolutions and both the GOP and Dems have made big ones. But I would imagine other people, like terrorists, illegal aliens, child molesters, and crack dealers have made their resolutions also and it is going to take some solidarity with our politicians to combat a great many issues that followed us into this new year.