October 13, 2006

British General: Time to Leave Iraq

The top British General in Iraq says that it's about time to leave. Bush has always argued that he would leave such decisions to the commanders on the ground. While not one of our commanders, I trust that his opinion should be listened to.

His remarks are backed up by surprising survey results from Iraq that show that Iraqis are the most xenophobic people on the earth. Also from a letter from a Marine in Anbar who, while searching for foreign fighters, asked a local, "Have you seen any foreigners around here."

"Yes," says the Iraqi, "you."

NY Times:

In a surprising challenge to the government, Britain’s most senior military officer was quoted Friday as saying the British Army should leave Iraq, where it is America’s main ally, “sometime soon.”...

The Daily Mail quoted Sir Richard as saying that Britain should “get ourselves out sometime soon, because our presence exacerbates the security problems.”

“We are in a Muslim country, and Muslims’ views of foreigners in their country are quite clear,” he added. “As a foreigner, you can be welcomed by being invited into a country, but we weren’t invited, certainly by those in Iraq at the time. Let’s face it. The military campaign we fought in 2003 effectively kicked the door in.”

“I don’t say that the difficulties we are experiencing around the world are caused by our presence in Iraq, but undoubtedly our presence in Iraq exacerbates them,” he said, alluding to the question of whether Britain’s deployment in Iraq has made it a target for Islamic terrorism. Whatever consent British troops may have enjoyed after the invasion “has largely turned to intolerance,” he said.

So, is leaving the answer? Or is there something else we should be doing?

UPDATE: Are some of you retarded? I know you can read, but can you read past the headlines? How is this "jumping the shark"? Please read the last lines above. I ask "if this is the answer" and "is there something else we should be doing". I never say, "Yes, this General is right."

I'm also aware that the General has said that some of his statements were taken out of context.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:13 AM | Comments |