Troop cut? What troop cut?

The chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday denied a newspaper report that he will urge President George W. Bush to cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year.

“The story is wrong,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace said through a spokesman. “It is speculative. I have not made nor decided on any recommendations yet.”

The Los Angeles Times, citing military and administration officials, said on Friday that Pace was expected to contend that keeping significantly more than 100,000 troops in Iraq through next year would severely strain the military and compromise its ability to respond to other threats.

Pace’s term as chairman expires at the end of September.

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David Petraeus, is to give his much-awaited recommendation next month on how to proceed with military operations in Iraq in a report expected to spark a firestorm of debate on the unpopular war.

The administration has been fending off calls to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and has cited gains from this year’s increase of about 30,000 U.S. forces that has brought troop levels there to about 160,000.

The Times said Pace would say it was strategically important to reduce U.S. deployments in Iraq. It said Pace would likely make that recommendation privately instead of in a formal report.

A senior administration official told the Times that the Joint Chiefs in recent weeks had voiced concerns that the Iraq war had reduced the military’s ability to respond to other threats, such as Iran, the newspaper said.

While the focus has been on Petraeus’ upcoming recommendation, the Joint Chiefs’ responsibility of ensuring the military’s long-term well-being means Pace “by law, has a big role in that and he will provide his advice to the president,” the newspaper quoted a senior military official as saying.

But the newspaper said given the pressure to defer to Petraeus’ report, the Joint Chiefs could weaken their view to Bush.

Bush did not nominate Pace for a second term as chairman and he is to leave the position at the end of September.


  1. gene

    Throwing bones to a homeless dog thats all these idiots do. And all the homeless dogs represent most of this brain dead society now controlled (literally) by murderers and criminals. Oh…and one BIG f**king looser…George W. Bush.

    I new about our “comander in idiot” before he was elected the first time. His life history was all over the web. Now look where we are and daily we read horror stories about the devastation this “piece of shit” has caused with the help of his hench men, primarily Dich-head Cheney.

    Eventually saying something similar to what I just said will get you shot or “taken away”…its coming to that.

    I’ve said it before….my 9mm is never far from my side and I hope I never have to use it. Saw enough of that in my 20 pluse years in the Army, ie. Vietnam, now Iraq.

    Very little truth and justice left in the world. I just take it one day at a time, nothing much left to do with so many being herded like a bunch of dumb cattle to the slaughter house.

  2. VietnamVet

    RE: Submitted by gene on August 25, 2007 – 12:59pm.

    A little harsh, Gene, but its hard to find anything to disagree with!

    You are right about Bush’s history being all over the internet. Especially, his alleged service in the Air National Guard and how he got a slot fair-and-square. Anyone that believes that, I have a bridge up in NY that I will sell cheap!

    Everything he has done since he was “elevated” to the presidency has hurt this great nation. The worst, of course, having started a trumped up war that has cost us over 3,700 of our troops, and increasing on a daily basis.

    History will not treat this dried out sot kindly!

  3. SEAL

    Yanno, Gene, if you would tone down the profanity you might find more people would respect what you have to say. With 20 years of sevice your thoughts should carry some weight on military matters. But people get turned off by the language and that is a shame because you have something important to say.

  4. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    The Corparate Neo-Con echo media machine is desperately trying to re-spin the publics disatisfaction with the war. The Demokrats are now cooing about the security being better in Iraq.

    But just what is being secured!
    A few hours of electricity a day, no clean drinking water. The hospitals of Iraq are controlled by the various factions of militias. The security may be better but living condtions and infrastructure in Iraq are not better.

    Now Bush is making noise about getting rid of al-Maliki as is some of the Democratic candidates, Pillary Dillary Crock being the most notable. There have been three prime ministers and over a dozen presidents of Iraq since the U.S. Occupation, what difference is getting rid of the PM, al-Maliki going to make.

    The Neo-Con Corparate Echo Machine is in overdrive trying to sanitize the atrocities in Iraq to the fullest extent to try to get Americans to swallow the bitter pill. The [CENSORED] Democrats are total [CENSORED][CENSORED’S] They are going along for the ride to protect the McEmbassy, and other McHalliburton investments in Iraq.

    Katha Pollit, a contributor to the Nation magazine has
    been begging Cindy Sheehan not to run for Nancy Pelosi’s seat in congress in 2008. I don’t know much about Katha Pollit, but I would wager that she is part of the Democratic Leadership Council or sympathetic to it.

    I hope Cindy Sheehan jams it to Pelosi, and makes Pelosi put impeachment on the table. Whether or not that happens, elected officials need to feel fear from the voters or else they’ll keep on doing -what Pelosi is right now, and all the other ‘PlacatingCrats’.

    Pelosi needs her cute little [CENSORED] tarred and feathered and sent out on a rail, strait out of Washington D.C.

    Beyond this, I’m going to call my Representatives & Senators, talk to friends, do what I can.

    It is frustraiting, despite the majority of public opposition to the war, that there is no public outcry about Habeas Corpus being harpooned, the FISA court emasculated, and numerous other attacks on the Constitution.

    There is still largely a [CENSORED-LOAD] of Brain Deadness in America, and quite a few friends of mine are to busy taking care of mundane domestic matters, and just don’t think that with what all that the Chimp does that a Fourth Reich is possible. How bad does it have to get.


    Our soldiers are in charge of death camps and killing fields – all for oil (just like Hitler). Give Exxon-Mobile to them as compensation, and make the war supporters clean up after traffic accidents.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming