Retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey has issued some focused criticisms and assessments of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now Gen. McCaffrey, an adjunct professor at West Point, is delivering his opinion on the global war against Islamic extremists as well as the other conflicts.
Here are some excerpts from his presentation to a National Defense University conference. Global war on terrorism:
Terrorist organizations have beenintimidatedandbadlydamaged.
Global animosity toward U.S. foreignpolicyandtheadministration is universal, intense and growing.
Homeland security has improved immeasurably since September 11 (not withstanding Hurricane Katrina).
The proliferation of [weapons of mass destruction] nation-states and technology remains the principal threat to the American people and our allies. Iraq:
The morale, fighting effectiveness and confidence of U.S. combat forces continue to be simply awe-inspiring. Our allies are leaving.
The Iraqi Army is real, growing and much more willing to fight. However, they are very badly equipped. The Iraqi police are a disaster.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s administration is dysfunctional. Governance is broken. The nation is gripped with fear and distrust.
Coalition and Iraqi forces have largely succeeded in neutralizing the foreign jihadist threat at a strategic and operational level.
There is growing animosity by the U.S. armed forces toward the press. Predictions:
The U.S. economy continues to dominate the global marketplace. North Korea comes apart. Terrorists strike America.
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