Colin Powell, in an interview today, said that he told President Bush, prior to the invasion of Iraq, that he should send more troops than wanted by Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks. He felt that the troop levels were inadequate for the security of Iraq especially after the fall of Baghdad. "I made the case to Gen. Franks and Secretary Rumsfeld before the president that I was not sure we had enough troops. The case was made, it was listened to, it was considered. ... A judgment was made by those responsible that the troop strength was adequate."
"The president's military advisers felt that the size of the force was adequate, they may still feel that years later. Some of us don't, I don't," Powell said. "In my perspective, I would have preferred more troops but you know, this conflict is not over."
"At the time the president was listening to those who were supposed to be providing him with military advice," Powell said. "They were anticipating a different kind of immediate aftermath of the fall of Baghdad, it turned out to be not exactly as they had anticipated."
He turned out to be exactly right and the refusal to heed the Powell Doctrine has led to what we see in Iraq today. This is a very important subject to discuss because the more honorable men like Colin Powell come forward and point out the idiocy of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, the better. Make no mistake, we are losing in Iraq and we will lose in Iraq if nothing is done to change the current failed strategy. It is a monumental failure that calls for the current Secretary of Defense to be immediately fired for his obvious incompetence in regards to the Iraq war. The insurgency is getting stronger and more sophisticated and has infiltrated many, if not all, of the Iraqi security force apparatus. And Rummy sits back giving us the BS of “I do what the Generals tell me and they say they have what they need”. Give me Fuckin’ break!
American soldiers are dying and their mission is heading towards failure and the only way to salvage their sacrifice is to send more U.S. troops into Iraq. Is it that hard to see? Are people on the right and in the Administration so blind they can’t allow themselves to see what the hell is going on? We are LOSING! The DOD’s plan must be changed and must be changed fast. The war in Iran is inevitable and being bogged down in Iraq because of a failed strategy is unacceptable. Not to mention the needless casualties that the military is sustaining because their damn Hummers are not armored and the DOD can’t even provide adequate body armor to the troops on the ground. Wake Up! What the President needs to do is to fire Rumsfeld and ask Colin Powell to replace him. We need someone who knows how to fight a war. Not only is it vitally important to replace the Secretary of Defense but if you replace him with the honorable Colin Powell, it will automatically raise the President's poll numbers. Do something.