Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Who is winning, Petraeus or Fallon?

As many of you might have noticed, Ive been sort of out of the news loop over the weekend, but I did come across a story that caught my eye. The main cheerleader for the Surge, Gen. David Petraeus, told reports that Iran is up to their old tricks, again.

He said Iran's ambassador to Iraq is an " is a Qods force member" and that Iran is "responsible for providing the weapons, the training, the funding and in some cases the direction for operations that have indeed killed U.S. soldiers." [Reuters] [It's not like our new Sunni buddies, members of the insurgency we're now calling "neighborhood protection groups," ever killed any American soldiers.]

Naturally, he didn't provide evidence of any of this. But it's a much better story than the whole Iran is minutes away from having a nuke which it will use on Israel at the drop of a dime. It seems the American public aren't buying that particular line of BS, sounds too much like 'Saddam has WMD/mushroom clouds over New York,' so they're moving on. . . some cleaver marketing genius at the WH has found out that Iranian bombs killing US troops is getting some traction.

While Petraeus is busy blaming the Iranians for everything that's going wrong in Iraq (it's clearly not anything the administration has done), his boss according to Atimes Online, is pissed off that Petreaus is such a proponent of W.'s Surge plan. Admiral William Fallon, the commander of CentCom, feels that Petreaus is just sucking up to Bush & Co. and pulling resources away from the real fight in Pakistan in the process. He wants to maintain the status quo with Iran, not start a war there, and move his forces further east to deal with al-Qaeda -- you know, the ones that actually attacked us on 9/11.

Atimes reports that Fallon was overhead saying that Petraeus is "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and he added, "I hate people like that."

The question now is whether we're going to adapt Fallon's approach to the WOT, or Petreaus' strategy of an endless war in Iraq followed by a new war in Iran.


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