THE GENERALS' REVOLUTION SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR
President Bush has raved for days now that he will not withdraw US forces from Iraq "until the mission is complete".
But one of the most powerful Republican senators overseeing the US armed forces is moving to strip Bush of his commander-in-chief powers and hand control of the military to the generals, where it belongs.
This is a continuation of the 'April Revolution', when a string of retired generals hit the media to shred Bush's credibility on his reasons for going to War On Iraq, and to ram home to Americans just how costly the war has been to the military, and the credibility of the United States around the world.
Now comes the capper to the 'April Revolution'. It's bound to get ugly :
From HillNews.com :
Expect much talk of "We still support the President" and "We still believe in the War". It's all cover. The US military is in a state of growing revolution, and the generals are ready to pull the plug on the Iraq War, regardless of the consequences.
The second-ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committe...has drafted a resolution that would give military commanders — instead of President Bush or Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld — decision-making authority over when American troops should return home.
The resolution would express the sense of the House that military commanders should put in place a system of criteria to assess the capability of Iraqi security forces. Once those criteria are met, the mission in Iraq would be considered complete and the president could begin withdrawing troops.
In an interview, Weldon said his resolution “clearly says that the decision will be made by the commanding generals in the theater [of war]. They’re the ones we’re paying to do the job. They know what the criteria are, they’re the best to assess the readiness of the Iraqi brigades.”
“They determine the timetable for bringing the troops back home,” said Weldon of the commanders. “There’s no armchair politician back here making those decisions, whether it’s an elected member of Congress or even the secretary of the defense.”