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Tell me how this ends? The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),
This review is from: The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 (Hardcover)
After reading Fiasco, was looking forward to this book, but don't think it was as good, Ricks covers the back door decision process that results in the "Surge" and all the major players in the process. The book also covers the short coming of the, "Iraqi in the lead" and "As they stand up, we stand down strategy." and why it wasn't working and the people responsible. Ricks however, never references the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that was being worked on in 2008 and was signed in 14 DEC 08, and how it outlines our policy and path in Iraq. This agreement states, all US Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than DEC 31, 2011. The SOFA cannot be changed unless the the leadership of US and Iraqi governments agree to it. If the SOFA remains unchanged, it answers the question Gen Petraeus ask when he was the Commander of the 101st, "Tell me how this ends?" The SOFA does just that as far as US military actions in Iraq. The last statement in the book, "In other words, the events for which Iraq war will be remembered probably have not yet happened, starts down this road of looking beyond the 2008, but I wish Ricks would have explored it some more, I know the book had to go to print, but I'm sure he was able to get information on the diplomatic effort and had some indication of how the SOFA wording and the potential impact, too bad he didn't go down that road.
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Initial post: Dec 24, 2009 8:04:18 AM PST
What do we win in this war? Debt? It's a waste of good infantry, damn good infantry, as documented in "House to House" (the book to read), certainly not the hearts and minds of Arabs caught in 14th century religious ignorance. When is the world going to realize this 1,400 year old war needs to end? And not by a "strategic surge" or Russian type exit, but by bombing Mecca, and every other place of Islamic worship. To win a war you must kill the enemy, and keep killing them, until they surrender. The Arabs understand this fact. Why doesn't the rest of the world? On Christmas day, as Obama celebrates in Hawaii, and Bush in Texas, the infantry will be in a world of hurt. Say a prayer for the infantry soldier; say a prayer for the salt of the Earth, say a prayer for the common footsoldier.
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