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July 21, 2014

It Isn't Just Science That Is Ignored

Like so many Bush-era lefty rallying cries, "Listen to the Generals" appears to have fallen by the wayside too:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked Dunford if he, or any other senior military leader, recommended “a policy of everybody out by 2017, no matter what?”

“No sir, not that I know of,” Dunford responded. “We still plan to have, as you know, some presence after 2017, but no one recommended zero.” He acknowledged that setting specific target dates for withdrawal comes with risks. “I think all of us in uniform, including the Afghans, prefer that would have been a bit more ambiguous.”

“In Iraq, we withdrew, with the associated consequences,” Dunford said. “And for me, that’s the most significant change. We knew when we left Iraq that there was work remaining to be done to develop sustainable Iraqi security forces, as well as to ensure that political stability existed in Iraq such that security would continue. In Afghanistan, we’ve got a chance to get that right, and my argument is for us to a responsible transition for Afghanistan, as opposed to withdrawal.”

Posted by Cassandra at July 21, 2014 07:17 AM

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Joe Dunford is who would have been Commandant of the Marine Corps if SecNav Ray Mabus hadn't personally chosen Gen. Amos. Anyone who has been following Amos's antics knows how well THAT worked out. Safety comes before mission accomplishment? How un-Marine that is. Mission accomplishment always comes first, followed closely by welfare of the troops. Safety is nice, but not pre-eminent.

Maybe the Corps will regain some sanity now.

Posted by: Rex at July 21, 2014 10:53 AM

In general, I've not been a huge fan of generals but I think Dunford's heart is in the right place.

I hope he's allowed to stay as Commandant for a while, and that he gets someone level headed to advise him instead of someone ambitious and political. In jobs like that it's perilously easy to lose sight of who you are. He has a better chance than most, I think.

I wish him luck.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 21, 2014 10:58 AM

A hundred years in Afghanistan will not fix that country, it's culture or the people.

We could have fixed Iraq and prevented the present tragedy. Stayed the course.

But....nooooooooooo.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at July 21, 2014 07:11 PM

"A hundred years in Afghanistan will not fix that country, it's culture or the people.

We could have fixed Iraq and prevented the present tragedy. Stayed the course.

But....nooooooooooo."

*sits on fingers*
0>;~|

Posted by: DL Sly at July 22, 2014 01:46 AM

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