July 16, 2006


So, almost three and a half years on, after immense devastation and loss of life, here is where we are:
WASHINGTON - The Army's top uniformed officer said Friday he did not think the United States was losing the war in Iraq but declined to say the nation was winning.

Americans should brace for a long fight against terrorism, said Gen. Peter Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff.

"I believe that we are closer to the beginning...than we are to the end," he said during a luncheon on Capitol Hill sponsored by the Defense Forum Foundation.

When asked whether the military was winning in Iraq, Schoomaker paused before telling the audience of mostly congressional staffers: "I don't think we're losing."
There is no "good" solution to the situation we have created in Iraq. There will be no miracle to save us.

We have destroyed a country, one that did not threaten us, just as we did in Vietnam.

Later in the story, there is this passage:
Schoomaker said Friday he does not envision reducing the time soldiers spend deployed in Iraq because shorter combat tours would cause too much "turbulence" in the war. Soldiers are typically sent for yearlong deployments in Iraq, which many experts say is too long and stressful.

The chief of staff acknowledged stress from prolonged exposure to combat was a problem but said recent abuse cases were isolated instances.
That, too, is a lie.

Get Out Now: Just Do It.