Top general wants to stay the course?
In the first hearing on Iraq since the Nov. 7 elections where Democrats won control of Congress, a top Army general swatted down both Democratic and Republican proposals to change course in Iraq. (LINK)
Gen. John Abizaid did not call for more troops or a time table. He did say "the United States should focus on accelerating the training of Iraqi forces so they can be pushed front and center into battle." I am sure that stings both Democrats and Republicans.
A new poll shows that even though Democrats won the elections, most Americans believe they don't have a plan for Iraq. That does not surprise me. As much as we hate it, more time is what the generals are asking for. This training Iraqis mode has us impatient. I believe if we were still dropping bombs daily and watching highlights on the news most people would still be supporting the war. I don't like this war, but I hope we don't pull out until Iraq is stronger than it is now. It will be interesting to watch John Warner and Jim Webb work on this. I don't think Webb wants a repeat of Saigon.