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  •  Petraeus' facade... (13+ / 0-)

    is falling apart...finally!  Ray McGovern, ex-CIA, is to put it mildly, no fan of Petraeus. I don't know if Mr. McGovern has an axe to grind or some other agenda, but I've always found his writing to be accurate and knowledgeable about the intrigues within the government.
    I don't think Petraeus had many pals in the CIA or the Pentagon. Didn't he claim credit for the "surge" in Iraq, which IIRC was part of General Jim Jones' concept?
    As I recall the surge was basically paying about 100,000 Sunni militants about $1K/month to not attack the Shia plus provide local security. I've read that the Pentagon budgeted over $100 million to "finance" the surge.

    •  It worked. The civil war subsided. (6+ / 0-)

      Petraeus was the guy sent to make it happen.

      The Iraq civil war was part of the plan in the first place.  (IMHO)  The Bush Neocons looked at Afghanistan, saw that you could turn one element against the other, and when they've exhausted themselves, move to fill in the vacuum.

      Hence far too few troops to control the country once we invaded.

      Sometime around 2004, something, or someone, finally got to Bush.  (Maybe thousands of dead G.I's and 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians isn't the greatest legacy for the history books.)  He shit-canned Rumsfeld, with no ceremony, in 2005 and took the prosecution of the war away from the oil interests and the Neocons, and returned it to the military professionals.

      That, and the cash, and a change to the prosecution of the war to something closer to what Petraeus wrote his field manual about changed the course of events in Iraq dramatically, and allowed us to, at the very least, get the hell out.

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