McCaf­frey’s view

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scar­bor­ough are Pen­tagon re­porters. Mr. Gertz can be reached at 202/636-3274 or at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­ Mr. Scar­bor­ough can be reached at 202/636-3208 or at rscar­bor­ough@wash­ing­ton­

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