Amer­ica must stay the course in Iraq

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

All six mem­bers of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are against pulling the troops out now and against a spe­cific timetable for with­drawal. (“Joint Chiefs op­pose pull­out,” Dec. 4 edi­tion) The chiefs are unan­i­mous. They want vic­tory.

But the politi­cians all think that they are bet­ter at mil­i­tary strat­egy than the gen­er­als. John McCain and oth­ers want to in­crease the num­ber of troops in Iraq, but the Democrats are call­ing for var­i­ous ver­sions of re­de­ploy­ment, which is a fancy way of say­ing “cut and run.” They call “cut­ting and run­ning” tak­ing a new di­rec­tion. The politi­cians think that they know bet­ter than the mil­i­tary about how to man­age a war, but let­ting politi­cians man­age a war will lead to a de­ba­cle as it did in the Viet­nam War.

The politi­cians who can­not man­age gov­ern­ment spend­ing in peace­time cer­tainly can’t lead the coun­try in wartime. Robert Gra­ham Naperville, Illi­nois

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