Straight from the top dog’s mouth, General Petraeus gave a wide-ranging interview to Hugh Hewitt yesterday (read the whole thing!).
I found the following exchange very interesting:
Hugh Hewitt: You and Marine Lt. General Amos coauthored the new field manual on counterinsurgency, and it talked about counterinsurgency has to adapt to local conditions. How long does it really take, in your estimation? I see you saw the BBC yesterday, telling them that it could take nine, ten years to put a counterinsurgency down in Iraq. Is that an accurate assessment, a decade to get this thing contained?
Gen. Petraeus: Well, it depends where you are in Iraq, what you’re talking about, and so forth. What I was doing there was merely saying that historically, it’s taken about a decade or so for the average counterinsurgency to be sorted out. Sometimes, it’s taken longer. I mean, in fact, the British Broadcaster interviewer and I were talking about how long it took the UK to reach the position that they’ve now achieved in Northern Ireland, and that was actually several decades, as you know, In some cases in Iraq, the situation is somewhat resolved. Surprisingly, Anbar Province, all of a sudden, has become just a remarkable development, and a place where you can actually see how it could possibly evolve into a situation sustainable by the Iraqis. Other places remain very problematic, and there’s certainly neighborhoods in Baghdad where we are still trying to refine the vision of what would be sustainable, and then determine how in fact to get to that point.
In a recent post, one of our newer Lefty commenters said the following:
But there is evidence that suggests that the presence of our troops in Iraq makes the U.S. less safe, and it has certainly made it harder for us to respond to legitimate threats to U.S. interests. So the clear balance is in favor of withdrawal.
I’m sorry…. what “evidence” is that? Is this Dan Rather/made-up “evidence”? Aside from leftist sugar plum visions of Vietnam-redux, I must have missed that “evidence”.
What about the very clear (and not made up) real evidence that al-Qaeda wants the USA to withdraw from Iraq? And, the real facts that the Democrats in Congress are legislatively enabling the stated aims of our enemy!
I come back to the FACT, that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and most of the
semi borderline nearly sane Democrats left in Congress have been saying for a longggg time that President Bush should “listen to the Generals”.
Well, now that one of the biggest Generals (Petraeus) is giving his insights — the question now is: Are the liberals and Democrats even interested in listening? Or will they just continue to mouth empty slogans like “we support the troops”?
I’m pretty sure the 83% of Americans who disapprove of the 110th Congress WILL be listening to General Petraeus.