Sobering Talk On Iraq War
(TAMPA TRIBUNE SEPT. 7, 2006) … Richard Lardner
TAMPA - The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East said Wednesday it could take "many more months" to end the sectarian violence in Baghdad and "a matter of years" to train the Iraqi army properly.
Army Gen. John Abizaid's assessment, sobering at times and optimistic at others, came a day after President Bush declared Iraq the "central battlefield" in the war against terrorism during a speech in Washington.
In an interview with local media at MacDill Air Force Base, Abizaid said there are no speedy solutions to the religious fanaticism fueling al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.
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My take is that is a well timed article to try and refocus on what's important. I know a lot of our legislators think its more important to try and get in a vote of no confidence for the SecDef, which is fine. Questioning our leadership is one of our freedoms. Let's not forgot what is going on over in the Middle East.