Gen. David Petraeus seems to think he can make policy on the Iraq War. Sure he’s the commanding officer, and the “General behind the surge”. (That and the bribing of Iraqi insurgents not to fight US Forces) .This to me ,is as arrogant as the day is long. He’s not an elected official, he is an appointed General.
BAGHDAD — The top U.S. military commander in Iraq isn’t buying the increasingly popular idea of a publicly stated timetable for American troop withdrawal. Gen. David Petraeus, the Iraq commander, said in an interview with McClatchy that the situation in Iraq is too volatile to “project out, and to then try to plant a flag on, a particular date.
The last time I checked Gen. Petraeus doesn’t really have a choice in the matter. So for him to come out, and make a “policy statement” like this is disgusting. Can or should he have his say? Sure, why not, but it’s not up to him to say when our troops can come home. That is the job of our “elected leaders”.
But, I have no doubt the Sean Hannity’s, and Mark Levin’s of the talk-show and Republican (not conservative) blog-world will hail Gen. Petraeus as some kind of “man of principle”. I do have the up most respect for the Gen. don’t get me wrong. What I don’t like is people making him out to being some kind of “Savior” on Iraq.
On a personal note, this whole thing is one big joke. One thing (and I stress one thing) I agree with Sen. B.O. on is that Iraq was a war of choice. The Iraq War goes against my belief in the Catholic Just War Theory.It had nothing to do with America’s security. When I say America’s security, I mean American Soil. Not our Interests, Not our “Alleys“, and certainly Not this Wilsonian Utopian dream of “Bring Democracy to the World by the barrel of a Gun”. That thinking right there, is as Leftists as it comes. Not Conservative at all.