OBAMA vs. THE BRASS….If this Martha Raddatz piece at ABC News is any indication, the military doesn’t intend to keep a low profile in this year’s presidential election. In fact, they seem to be pretty loudly determined to make clear that they don’t like Barack Obama’s withdrawal plan one bit:
We spent a day with Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond in Sadr City….”Instead of any time-based approach to any decision for withdrawal, it’s got to be conditions-based, with the starting point being an intelligence analysis of what might be here today, and what might lie ahead in the future.”
….Asked if he considered it dangerous to pull out if the withdrawal is not based on “conditions,” Hammond said, “It’s very dangerous. I’ll speak for the coalition forces, men and women of character and moral courage; we have a mission, and it’s not until the mission is done that I can look my leader in the eye and say, ‘Sir, Ma’am, mission accomplished,’ and I think it is dangerous to leave anything a little early.”
And then there’s this about Obama’s plan to withdraw one or two brigades per month: “Several commanders who looked at the Obama plan told ABC News, on background, that there was ‘no way’ it could work logistically.” This despite the fact that Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson, on the record, specifically said the Army had the capacity to draw down two-and-a-half brigades a month.
It’s gonna be a long summer.