America must stay the course in Iraq
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