Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama: Reality vs Campaign Promises

WASHINGTONThe Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday.

"We're going to have 10 Army and Marine units deployed for a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan." -General George Casey, Army Chief of Staff

Yet Defense Secretary Robert Gates has repeated the Obama campaign mantra... "Under the Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, I intend to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011,"

General Casey also said the U.S. had to be careful about what assets get deployed to Afghanistan. "Anything you put in there would be in there for a decade," he said.

As Army chief of staff, Casey is primarily responsible for assembling the manpower and determining assignments. He insisted the Army's 1.1-million size was sufficient even to handle the extended Mideast conflicts.


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