Who do the Democrats Remind YOU of?
- Troop reductions were required to "take away one of the elements that fuels the insurgency, that of the coalition forces as an occupying force."
- Army General George Casey, THE TOP US COMMANDER IN IRAQ
- "The idea that this is going to go the way these guys planned is ludicrous. There are no good options. We're conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa, no sense of the realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all wrong."
- Gen. Joseph Hoar (Ret), the former Commandant of the Marine Corps and head of US Central Command
- "We have a growing, maturing insurgency group ... We see larger and more coordinated military attacks. They are getting better and they can self-regenerate. The idea there are x number of insurgents, and that when they're all dead we can get out is wrong. The insurgency has shown an ability to regenerate itself because there are people willing to fill the ranks of those who are killed. The political culture is more hostile to the US presence. The longer we stay, the more they are confirmed in that view.
- "Most Iraqis consider us occupiers, not liberators."
- W. Andrew Terrill, professor at the Army War College's strategic studies institute
- "I see no exit. We've been down that road before. It's called Vietnamisation. The idea that we're going to have an Iraqi force trained to defeat an enemy we can't defeat stretches the imagination. They will be tainted by their very association with the foreign occupier. In fact, we had more time and money in state building in Vietnam than in Iraq."
- Jeffrey Record, professor of strategy at the Air War College
- General William Odom (retired)
- Bush's first 3 years have been "a national disaster"
- Bush has, "alienated our friends, damaged our credibility around the world, reduced our influence to an all-time low in my lifetime, given hope to our enemies."
- Air Force General Tony McPeak (retired), Air Force Chief of Staff during the first Gulf War, former fighter pilot, campaigned for Bob Dole in 1996, campaigned for George W. Bush in 2000
- Scowcroft said. "How do the neocons bring democracy to Iraq? You invade, you threaten and pressure, you evangelize." And now, Scowcroft said, America is suffering from the consequences of that brand of revolutionary utopianism. "This was said to be part of the war on terror, but Iraq feeds terrorism," he said....
- Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft (retired), United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford, United States National Security Advisor under President George H. W. Bush, Military Assistant to President Richard Nixon, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for President Nixon, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs for President Ford, Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.
"This is far graver than Vietnam. There wasn't as much at stake strategically, though in both cases we mindlessly went ahead with the war that was not constructive for US aims. But now we're in a region far more volatile, and we're in much worse shape with our allies."